Gov. Haley discusses immigration crisis in SC
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:10:44 GMT —
S.C. Governor Nikki Haley said she still doesn't have details on the hundreds of immigrant children who have been brought into the state, but she said she plans to continue pushing for answers.
Haley was in town Thursday to accept an endorsement from the S.C. Chamber of Commerce in her bid for re-election, and WPDE News Channel 15 asked her some questions about immigration and the children from Central American who are now in South Carolina.
Since January, 350 children who were caught at the U.S. border have been sent to South Carolina.
The Federal Government doesn't have to give states any information about where those children are, their age, or who they're staying with.
But Haley said all governors involved in this crisis need to know exactly what's going on.
She said she told Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, that she doesn't want South Carolina to host any shelters.
Gov. Haley said Secretary Johnson confirmed there would be no shelters or military installations used in the state.
"I had made it clear to him [Johnson] that I and all governors need to know exactly who's coming into the state, how many, and what details. So we did find out later that there were 350 that came into South Carolina. The problem is they won't tell us who they are, they won't tell us how old they are, and they won't tell us who they are staying with," said Haley.
Haley said we need more leadership from President Barack Obama, and that he needs to call the House and Senate in to solve this immigration crisis.
She said the crisis is putting children crossing the border in danger, as well as putting the states having to deal with this in crisis mode.
Haley said she plans to continue pushing the Federal Government to be more transparent about how many immigrants are being sent to the state.