- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

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 told local media that two Syrians were relocated to the Midlands this month through Lutheran Services Carolinas, a private resettlement agency.

That agency tells DSS another family from Syria has been cleared for resettlement in the state. The agency 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.

“After reviewing recent public statements and personally speaking today with intelligence officials, it is my understanding that while our national security agencies are working tirelessly to vet potential refugees, there remain gaps in available intelligence for those fleeing Syria,” she wrote.

According to the governor’s office, the federal government didn’t communicate with Haley’s office that it was resettling the Syrians in South Carolina. Haley’s office learned of the refugees from DSS.

More recently, Haley told WIS-TV in Columbia that FBI Director James Comey told her he had no background information on Syrian refugees.

“I personally called the FBI director when we were deciding on the Syrian refugees and whether they should come over,” Haley said. “He specifically said, ‘We have no background on these refugees.’”

The governor’s office said it notified law enforcement officials about the Syrians’ arrival.

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