Syrian refugee family in SC and another family coming

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Two refugees from Syria have relocated to South Carolina and, despite the wishes of Gov. Nikki Haley, another Syrian family is coming.

A Social Services Department spokeswoman tells local media that two Syrians were relocated to the Midlands this month though Lutheran Services Carolinas, a private resettlement agency.

That agency tells DSS another family from Syria has been cleared for resettlement in the state. DSS said it did not know when that family would arrive.

Haley wrote Secretary of State John Kerry last month requesting that no Syrians be relocated to South Carolina.

She said the U.S. should try to help people forced from their homes but at the same time there are gaps in intelligence about those fleeing Syria.

Haley’s office learned of the refugees from DSS.

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