Another SC county opposes resettling Syrian refugees in state

Syrian refugees pass time under the trees on the grounds of the hospital in the island of Leros, Greece, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. This Greek island that was once a place of exile for political prisoners has become one of the country's most welcoming communities for migrants fleeing chaos and war, thanks to a dedicated grass-roots volunteer network and tourists interrupting their vacations to provide what help they can. But even on Leros, a 75-square kilometer (29 sq. mile) rocky outcrop in the Aegean Sea with a permanent population of fewer than 10,000 people, the welcome mat is fraying under the sheer numbers of migrants _ hundreds arrive in smugglers' boats most days _ making the perilous boat journey here across the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) – Another South Carolina county is on record opposing resettling Syrian refugees in the state.

The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1NHa76V ) that the Berkeley County Council on Monday approved a resolution opposing the Refugee Resettlement Project and calling on state officials to stop any resettlement of refugees until the General Assembly considers the matter.

Pickens County Council passed a similar resolution last month while the county council in Greenville will take up the matter later this month.

An organization known as World Relief is working with churches to bring about 60 refugees to Upstate South Carolina this year. There are currently no plans to resettle any refugees in Berkeley County.

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