The governor's office told WIS Thursday the Department of Homeland Security has no plans to transport unaccompanied minors from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Palmetto State.
Despite rumors originating on a radio show in the Upstate, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Gov. Nikki Haley there are no shelters or facilities, military or otherwise, in the state that are housing unaccompanied minors.
"I do ask that if those plans are developed at any point going forward that you personally notify me immediately of any shift in policy," Haley wrote in a letter to Secretary Johnson. "It is my firm belief that the people of South Carolina have the right to know exactly who the federal government is placing within our borders."
Ray McBride said he started hearing rumors about a possible DHS presence in Greenville County and was concerned. When McBride tried to reach the governor, he did not get a definitive response.
"His first response was saying the governor has no stated position," McBride said. "As I pushed, I said I don't see the leadership in that statement."
In a letter obtained by WIS, Haley said she has "great concern" about the ongoing situation at the border.
"As long as out border remains dangerously unsecure and the policy of the United States government is to accommodate those who cross into our nation illegally for an indefinite period of time, the incentives for such migration will continue to exist," Haley said.
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