The South Carolina Senate passed a bill late Wednesday night, by a vote of 39 to 6, that would require refugees coming to the state to register with the Department of Social Services in South Carolina. The bill will now move onto the House, where if passed and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley, would become the first bill of its kind in the country.
The bill would require DSS to obtain the required information from each refugee and then share that information with state police. State police would then make sure those refugees could be of no harm to the people of South Carolina and report back to lawmakers. The state would also hold the refugees' responsible party liable if they were to try and commit an act of terror.
The bill was signed with amendments removing a requirement that no state money would be spent on refugees, including the education of their children. The Senate also removed a provision that would make the refugee registry public, in fear for their safety.