Duncan on ressettlement

Friends,I am getting a lot of criticism from outside South Carolina for wanting our nation to hit pause with regard to the refugee resettlement program for Syria and other countries with known radical Islamic terrorist cells.

I am charged with a responsibility to defend the nation and our Constitution. I am on two House Committees with jurisdiction in this area: Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.

I have been told on the record, in response to the questions I asked for South Carolinians, by the Director of FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security, that we cannot properly vet the backgrounds or identities of refugees coming from Syria due to the lack of documentation, destroyed records after three years of civil war and the mass theft of documents in Syria which are now being used for falsified identities by many migrants heading into Europe.
As a Christian, I have compassion and sympathy for these refugees. I visited with many in a refugee camp holding 120,000 in Jordan.
But compassion cuts two ways. We should also be cognizant of the compassion we should show our fellow citizens here in America. That compassion is exemplified by using commonsense in addressing the national security concerns our nation faces. Our compassion should be, too, to make sure, to the best of our abilities that no harm comes to our fellow countrymen. We should do everything to make sure that elements of evil are not introduced, due to our compassionate hearts, into the neighborhoods, towns, cities and states of our great Nation.
I owe that to you, my fellow Americans.

Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan is from Laurens, South Carolina and serves as the Congressman for the Third Congressional District. Jeff has been recognized as a defender of the Constitution, a fiscal conservative champion, and a protector of family values. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart Melody, and they have three boys.


resettlement: Anderson County Council’s rejection

anderson.county.councilA few weeks ago, the Anderson County Council passed this Resolution. I appreciate the adoption and the very strong language.
WHEREAS the Anderson County Council is the designated governing body authorized to use appropriate ordinances, resolutions and police powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of
WHEREAS the issue of resettlement of refugees from the Middle East and other illegal aliens is a matter of the most urgent concern, as it involves vital issues of national security, terrorism, public health, and public safety, and expenditures of public taxpayer funds; and
BE IT RESOLVED that the Anderson County Council will not approve or proceed with the Refugee Resettlement Project within the borders of Anderson County, South Carolina; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Anderson County Council calls on all South Carolina public officials, governmental and non-governmental to immediately cease and desist from all placements of refugees anywhere within the state of South Carolina until the South Carolina Legislature convenes and passes legislation reflecting the will of the people in South Carolina by approving a state public policy on any and all refugee resettlement within South Carolina.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of October, 2015:

letter from Gov. Haley to John Kerry

Gov. Haley has responded to the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. Click here to read the letter: 2015.11.15.haley.kerry

Resettlement: letter to Gov. Haley

November 16, 2015paris.attack
The Honorable Nikki R. Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Dear Governor Haley,
The citizens of Spartanburg County pleaded with you back in the Spring to halt the influx of unknown and unaccountable strangers into their community. The promises of the Obama Administration that it had vetted these individuals probably mirrored those given by the European Union to Parisians–and see where we are now. We simply cannot welcome potential terrorists as “refugees” from jihadist strongholds in the Middle East and Africa. Your record of support for this program must end–today.
I again join my colleagues in the General Assembly and implore you to cancel the agreement that you and the South Carolina Department of Social Services have made with third party groups to provide shelter to these potential terrorists. Your first duty is to South Carolina and her citizens. Please do not fail them.
Sincerely, Kevin L. Bryant, SC Senate District 3
To see the actual letter, please click here: 2015.11.16.haley.resettlement

Homebuilder’s Support

It’s great to have the support of the state and local homebuilders!home.builders

Carly Fiorina coming to Anderson 11.30.2015


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th6 P.M. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

ANDERSON CIVIC CENTER, 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd Anderson 29625

This is a FREE event and open to the public but you must sign up at the following link:

Mrs. Fiorina will speak and take your questions from the audience.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the candidate.

This will be a seated event.  We will work to have seats near the front reserved for members and their guest.  Will send details in a future update.   Please feel free to share this email with your family and friends. Also this is a great opportunity for high school students to see the process.  Please send this to local students in the area.  An article will be in the Anderson Independent tomorrow.

Let’s give Carly a big warm Anderson welcome!
*This will take the place of our December Meeting.

FEMA public assistance

October 21, 2015 For immediate release Contact: Chaney Adams, 803-528-7217

Public Assistance for Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved for Six Additional Counties
Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Public Assistance was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for six additional South Carolina counties to help them recover from October’s severe flooding. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure damage.

Lee County, not previously eligible for FEMA Public Assistance, has now been approved for all categories. Further, five additional counties are now eligible for all categories of the FEMA Public Assistance program: Clarendon, Dorchester, Horry, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties. Before now, these counties were only eligible for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows: 

  • Category A: Debris Removal.
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
  • Category C: Roads and Bridges.
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities.
  • Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
  • Category F: Utilities.
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

 The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.

Beyond FEMA’s Public Assistance program, FEMA also provides Individual Assistance, which is direct aid to residents who’ve been severely affected by severe storms and flooding in South Carolina. Flood survivors in Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:

  • Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  
  • Apply via smartphone at m.fema.gov.
  • Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362); those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.


Hector’s Cafe

The Grandfather I never met (he died when my mother was 5) had this cafe in Crosby North Dakota. He was a 2nd generation Norwegian immigrant. Hectorgundersoug, was shortened to Hector when they came to North Dakota.

Resettlement information

The Basics of Refugee Resettlement in the Upstate (Including Common Sense Solutions)
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It is widely reported that Christians in the Middle East avoid United Nations refugee camps due to persecution, so its possible that we won’t be helping many Christians.
We are not a “Wilson-Fish” state, which means that for UN refugees to be placed here, the Governor has to agree to it, which she has.  Her phone # is 803-734-2100.
Other concerns include the following:
– According to Mr. Michael Steinback, Assistant Director for the FBI, its not possible to vet these refugees. He recently testified at a House Homeland Security hearing that the process isnt even close to being under their control.
–  Refugees are in our state for up to 90 days before they are required to have a medical examination.
–  Terrorist organizations have publicly stated they are exploiting the refugee program to travel to the west.
–  The 5 richest Gulf States have said that THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY OF THESE REFUGEES due to the security threat.
–  The Greenville sheriff was unaware that his county has already received 16 refugees.
–  They receive a social security number as soon as they arrive.
–  They are eligible for Medicaid as soon as they arrive.
–  We are told that refugees quickly become self-sustaining, which should not be equated with self-sufficient. Self-sustaining simply means that aid to these refugees is no longer provided by the local contractor. However, the taxpayer is still responsible for the benefits offered to these refugees.
–  They receive CASH and social services for 8 months, but then what?
–  Our already taxed system then faces unfunded mandates on the state and local levels for social services, law enforcement, schools, health care, etc.
–  How are our most vulnerable citizens in South Carolina impacted by the benefits offered to refugees?
–  In the state of Virginia, evidence shows that years later, refugees wages are less than half of the average Virginian, while refugees are 17.2 times more likely to be on public assistance.
–  They can get a green card within a year.
–  The program has become a cash cow (tens of millions of dollars) for various “religious” organizations and other contractors who employ teams of lobbyists.
–  Contractors are paid per person, and are thereby incentivized to get refugees here.
–  The UN chooses which refugees we get.  This was never the original intent of the program.
–  This program has not been re-evaluated since it began in the 1970s.
–  The program is not at all transparent and seems intentionally convoluted.
–  Hired contractors such as “Welcoming America” are utilized to marginalize or silence “pockets of resistance in the local community.
–  Rather than encouraging assimilation into our culture, the program stresses that communities must adapt to the newcomers.
–  Citizens in the communities where refugees are placed have little to no input.
–  The US has historically accepted more refugees than all other countries combined.
–  Every effort should be made to safely keep them as close to their native countries as possible.  We can help 200 refugees overseas for the $20,000 – $30,000 spent to care for just one refugee here.
–  The United Nations should have no role in choosing refugees for the United States. There are other organizations (Samaritan’s Purse, RUN Ministries, Nazarene Fund, among others) currently working in the Middle East that could help these refugees.  These organizations are on the ground and know which Christians are truly being persecuted.
–  The federal refugee program has become a bloated, billion dollar State Department program. It should return to its original intent, where refugees are cared for by churches and paid for privately with financial sponsors.
–  Communities should be included in the process when their neighborhoods are targeted to place refugees. Residents should receive full disclosure about the social and economic impact a certain group of refugees will have on a city or town. This information should be presented in a public forum with the local citizenry having the option to reject the proposal.
–  There should be an accurate, easy to access tracking system designed to gather required data such as dependence on welfare, food stamps, cash assistance, employment status, use of health care resources/ funding, etc.
–  Finally, there should be a mechanism for refugees to permanently return to their homeland in the future if they wish.  Some who have come have ended up miserably unhappy, but have been unable to obtain the funds to go home.   

Trump coming to Anderson!

trumpRepublican Candidate for President, Donald Trump, is coming to Anderson on Monday, October 19th. The free event will be at T.L. Hanna at 6pm in the Gym. Even though the event is free, tickets may be reserved at this link.