The Basics of Refugee Resettlement in the Upstate (Including Common Sense Solutions) Please like us on Secure South Carolina It is widely reported that Christians in the Middle East avoid United Nations refugee camps due to persecution, so it’s 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: SECURITY – According to Mr. Michael Steinback, Assistant Director for the FBI, it’s not possible to vet these refugees. He recently testified at a House Homeland Security hearing that the process isn’t 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. FINANCIAL – 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. POTENTIAL FOR CORRUPTION – 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. SOCIAL/CULTURAL – 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. COMMON SENSE REFORMS – 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.
Republican 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.
South Carolina has been shaken by this storm, but the resolve of its people remains strong.
My staff has been busy reaching out to county managers to see how our office can be of assistance. We’ve dedicated an employee to answer questions and help assist with federal programs. We’re also doing our part on a personal level to bring water and other resources down to some of the most devastated areas of the state. We’ve rented a van (not at taxpayer expense) that will be collecting water at Concord Baptist Church in Anderson tomorrow from 8:00am-9:00am and Verdin Farm & Garden in Laurens from 11:00am-12:00. Access to fresh clean water is the number one need in South Carolina at the moment, so if you’d like to help in some way this is certainly an option.
If you live in the Third District and have any questions about damage to your home or property, feel free to call my office at 864-224-7401. Please continue to pray for South Carolina and look for ways to help those in need.
It’s great to have the support of the Western Upstate Realtors Association. Thank you Peggy Hill and the all the Realtors in the Upstate for your hard work. Your services find folks homes, businesses, and investment properties to grow our economy! We strive to protect realtors from over-burdensome government regulations, taxes, and fees. A level playing field combined with free market forces are the essential to economic prosperity in the real estate market as all other commerce.
Serving you and our great state in the South Carolina Senate has been one of my life’s greatest fulfillments.
From saving taxpayers hard-earned money to protecting our community’s most vulnerable to assisting our veterans and elderly – I have worked hard to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise our families.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your help.
You believed in me and our message of smaller, more efficient, and more effective government. You assisted my campaign by spreading my message, doing door knocks, making phone calls and putting signs up. You helped further by making financial donations to ensure we had the resources necessary to win.
Your bold risk yielded an amazing return: a crushing defeat to the good-old boy system that halted progress in the Legislature. I am eternally grateful for the chance you took on me.
Because of you – I helped usher in real reforms that made our state more business-friendly, our government more accountable, and our elections more secure.
Because of you – I worked to pass a balanced budget that cuts wasteful government spending, devotes more to our classrooms, and increases job-recruitment efforts.
Because of you – I assisted my colleagues in toughening the penalties of criminals who commit domestic violence upon our neighbors.
While I am proud of these accomplishments, I know that more work is needed to make our state truly prosper.
That is why I announced earlier this month that I am seeking re-election to the State Senate in 2016.
I want to fight child abuse and neglect, eliminate the state income tax, and improve our education system. But I cannot accomplish these goals without your continued support.
As part of AARP Chapter 3693 – Anderson, SC Day of Service, it will distribute 75 boxes of fresh produce to families in need. The distribution will take place onWednesday September 30, 2015 – 3:00 PM, at Westside Community Center. The 75 families have already been approved and will come to the center to pick up the boxes of produce. AARP South Carolina discovered there are families in some areas in South Carolina who don’t have access to fresh produce and are providing the boxes of produce.
Mrs. Teresa Arnold, the State Director of AARP South Carolina and Mrs. Elizabeth Norris, AARP state President will be present for the distribution.
Many thanks to the lovely ladies that decorated our table and attended Thursday’s Anderson Interfaith Ministry luncheon!
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015
Held every year since 2002, Women AIM High is a highly successful event that raises support for AIM’s programs that serve women.
The “Hats Off To Women Event” will be held on Thursday, September 24th at the Anderson Civic Center. The event is a networking and educational luncheon celebrating the positive impact AIM’s programs are having on the lives of women and children. The event is open from 10am to 2pm with lunch being served at noon. This is a themed table luncheon with a little friendly competition for the best table decorations. Table reservations are being accepted now.
*Individual tickets may be sold closer to the event, though seating is limited.
We are more than excited to feature bestselling Christian author and speaker, Angela Thomas as this year’s keynote.
Many thanks to all who came out to support our campaign at Creekside BBQ. Our special guest, Congressman Jeff Duncan did a fantastic job and I’m honored to have his support. Rep. Anne Thayer, Susan Aiken, Sid Stewart, Stacea Morris also participated. Closing in prayer was my good friend and missionary from Sierra Leone, Samuel Minyonger.
Also, I want to thank Creekside BBQ for hosting the event for free. Ben Phillips brought his sound equipment free of charge also.
Even though we had to start early to accommodate the Congressman’s schedule, it was a packed house!
Conservatism is alive and well in Anderson County!
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Planned Parenthood to examine the unconscionable abortion practices at the nation’s largest abortion provider. This hearing is only part of the House investigation into Planned Parenthood. You can learn more about the House’s ongoing investigation of Planned Parenthood here. Additionally, the House will vote this week on two bills: H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and H.R. 3504, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
I also signed a letter, led by my South Carolina colleague Mick Mulvaney, committing to vote against any appropriations bill with funding for Planned Parenthood and urging the money be directed to other women’s health organizations that do not engage in such heinous practices.
Watch this powerful testimony from an abortion survivor from our hearing last week: