Haley: Feds have no plans to send immigrant children to SC

The (Columbia) StateJuly 18, 2014 

SC Governor Civil Rights

FILE - Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in Charleston, S.C.

ALICE KEENEY — AP

— Unaccompanied migrant children who entered the United States illegally through Mexico are not being sheltered at S.C. facilities or military bases – and there are no plans to bring them here.

That is according to a letter Gov. Nikki Haley wrote Thursday to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, thanking him for an update on the nation’s border crisis.

Haley spoke to Johnson Wednesday, after news media reported migrant children from the border crisis were rumored to be in the state, sparking plans for protests.

In the letter, Haley said she finds comfort in South Carolina not being used as a “mass shelter.”

But Haley criticized what she called a “humanitarian crisis” at the border that “highlights the failure of the federal government to adequately perform its most basic and crucial function — securing the (nation’s) sovereignty.”

“As long as our border remains dangerously unsecure,” Haley said, adding, “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.”

As a mother, Republican Haley said she finds it “disturbing” that the migrant children would be left “to fend for themselves” as they attempt to cross the border.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Haley’s Democratic rival in her bid for a second term in November, was unavailable for comment late Thursday.

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