Sen. Kevin Bryant cites events like the Paris attacks as reason for pushing the refugee bill.
Bedrija Jazic, Director of Refugee and Immingarant Services, said the bill is unfair and unconstitutional.
By Tim Kallal
The South Carolina Senate will be discussing a foreign refugee bill this week that will affect refugees from all countries, including those from Syria.
It would require all foreign refugees that move to South Carolina to make their personal information, such as addresses, available to the state. The bill would also require refugees to register with the Department of Social Services within 30 days from the time they arrive.
The bill would also affect refugee-sponsoring organizations in the state by making them civilly liable if a refugee from a country recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism kills or hurts anyone or damages or steals property.
One such organization in the state affected by this is South Carolina Lutheran Services. Bedrija Jazic, director of refugee and immigrant services for Lutheran Services, thinks the bills is biased and unreasonable.
"It is unfair and in some sense unconstitutional," Jazic said.
The bills co-sponsor, Republican state Sen. Kevin Bryant, said his motivation for the bill is all the recent world-wide terrorists activities.
Bryant says he wants to make South Carolina "an unwelcome place for refugees that could be coming from a place where terrorists are welcome.”
Jazic disagrees and thinks the refugees are victims as well.
"Refugees are being targeted by terrorists," Jazic said. "They are victims of terrorism and that is why they are fleeing their homes. They are leaving everything behind that they have ever known to come here to find refuge and to find safety. They are not coming here to become terrorists."
The bill is scheduled to be discussed by the Senate on March 16.
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