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Lawmaker blasts Haley for alleged support of Obama refugee program

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South Carolina lawmaker Stewart Jones criticized Nikki Haley for allegedly supporting “Obama’s refugee resettlement program” while she was governor.

Haley had asked the State Department not to resettle Syrian refugees in South Carolina in 2015 due to security concerns.

“I was serving on county council almost 10 years ago, when we had to tell Nikki Haley, by resolution, to stop supporting Obama’s refugee resettlement program,” Rep. Stewart Jones said.

Despite this, she supported bringing refugees from other parts of the world, emphasizing the importance of safety for South Carolina citizens.

Jones, a Republican, is running for the U.S. House in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, while Haley is competing against former President Trump in the South Carolina GOP primary.

“As Governor, it is my first and primary duty to ensure the safety of the citizens of South Carolina. We are a state that has proudly welcomed refugees from around the world as part of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program…. While I agree that the United States should try to assist individuals in such dire situations, it is precisely because of the situation in Syria that makes their admission into the United States a potential threat to our national security,” Haley wrote in 2015. “For that reason, I ask that you honor my request and not resettle any Syrian refugees in South Carolina.”

“These are people who have protected our troops. These are people being persecuted for being Christian. These are people being hurt because of their political beliefs. These are people who we took in because they weren’t safe where they were,” Haley said.

Trump has widespread support among Republican officials in the state, despite Haley’s tenure as governor and appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump.

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