COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley received confirmation Wednesday that no undocumented minors who have crossed into the United States are being housed in South Carolina.
In a letter dated July 17, Haley thanked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for speaking with her regarding the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border and its impact on South Carolina.
"I also greatly appreciate your confirmation that there are currently no shelters or facilities - military or otherwise - in South Carolina being used to house the minors who are being abandoned at the border with Mexico, and your assurance that there are no current plans to use any South Carolina facilities for this purpose in the future," Haley wrote. "I do ask that if those plans are developed at any point going forward that you personally notify me immediately of any shift in policy."
Haley went on to say South Carolinians have the right to know who the federal government is relocating to the Palmetto State. She also used the letter as an opportunity to criticize the federal government for having a "dangerously unsecure" border.
A protest is scheduled for Charleston on Friday, and several are due to take place this weekend statewide, after reports surged that undocumented immigrants are being transported to South Carolina.
One of the protests being assembled in Greenville for Saturday will take place at the location where it is believed undocumented men are being dropped off, said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national organization based in North Carolina, on Wednesday.
Federal officials said Wednesday that South Carolina has not received any migrant families, while local officials said they had not received reports of arriving undocumented immigrants.
Gheen warned President Barack Obama's "federal smuggling operation" is being conducted in secret and that it's no surprise law enforcement officials in South Carolina are unaware of any arrivals. That's why the protests will take place in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Greenville this weekend, he said. The Saturday protests will be held with in conjunction with demonstrations nationwide.
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