I remain very concerned about the prospect of unaccompanied minors being housed in South Carolina. Our office has not received information regarding any proposed plans to do so. However, we continue to be vigilant and inquire of various federal and state agencies to ensure that if such a decision is made, South Carolina and our public officials are fully informed of the details.
While this continues to be a humanitarian crisis, frankly exacerbated by President Obama and his administration's lack of action for weeks, ultimately the federal government must not house undocumented, unaccompanied minors in communities throughout the country without working in close collaboration with public officials and communities. Sadly, this administration has shown an unwillingness to do that.
As such, my staff and I are currently reaching out directly to officials at the various agencies overseeing these operations and requesting a full briefing.
At the same time, a number of ideas continue to move through the legislative process and I will give serious consideration to them, should they reach the Senate Floor.