According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, 55,000 illegal immigrants are living in South Carolina. It was a 153 percent increase from 2000, the highest rate of growth of any Southeastern state. On July 24, 350 kids who illegally crossed the county's southern border were sent to South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley said the federal government wouldn't say where in the state they were sent. Our congressional delegation has written to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, asking for more information about the delivery of the kids and requesting notification of future groups sent here. It has been reported that the majority of the children now in the United States will be assimilated into already-established immigrant enclaves throughout the country, like the ones we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton that likely include illegal immigrants. So, it is reasonable to anticipate continuing sharp growth in Beaufort County's burgeoning illegal immigrant population. These children are transported by the feds and receive EBT cards to buy supplies. But eventually, costs will be added to the counties where they are placed â€" schools, law enforcement and public programs. We hope the children placed in South Carolina can at least be identified so they can be medically screened before entering school in a few weeks. This will help calm nervous residents who have been reading about scabies and other contagious infections in Texas, which has received large groups of children who illegally crossed the border.
Jack and Jane Kenny