Governor Haley held her first town hall meeting Thursday, March 3rd.
By: Evan Lohmann
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley heard from people in Columbia Thursday in her first town hall meeting.
The Lexington meeting was to fulfill one of Haley's campaign issues, listening to South Carolinians.
"What I told you on the campaign trail was what I wanted to do was get you to care about your government. I wanted you to care about what was happening in Columbia, and instead of you having to go to Columbia, I was going to bring it to you," said Haley.
Governor Haley says the meeting is an opportunity for constituents to voice concerns as well as see how she plans to help South Carolina move forward.
One of the concerns addressed was illegal immigration.
Haley said she is aware of the ignorance surrounding immigration here in South Carolina.
She says she supports a proposed bill that would allow police to check the immigration status of anyone they believe to be illegal, something other states are already putting into action.
"We can learn from what happened in Arizona. We can learn from these other states, see what issues they're doing wrong, and we can actually do it right because we're not blindly going into this. We're trying to improve our state. We're not trying to hurt it," said Haley.
Many Haley supporters say they believe she is for real, that her work didn't end with her campaign, but will continue throughout her entire term.
Haley plans to have another round of town hall meetings at the end of the current legislative session.