Dear Gov. Haley, November 17, 2015
According to the UN Refugee Agency there are now over four million displaced Syrians, and over half, more than two million of these humans, are women and children. These little ones need to know they are worth our time, so I petition your conservative values of limited government, to allow citizens to invite vetted families into our homes, our communities, and into the great state of South Carolina.So I appeal to your grace, your leadership, your influence, and your platform, and ask you to reconsider and open the doors for these families – for they could be us. We cannot deny the 99 percent of those in search of refuge because of the 1 percent who may wish us harm, but we can reduce the threat.
We can avert risk by forming a network of trained counselors and social workers to evaluate each family before admitting them into our state – lie detector tests may be used to determine if an individual has trained, or has had any connection with terrorist organizations.
There will always be threats, and fears, and worries, but Americans historically have risen above these anxieties for the greater good. Our government was not formed to tie our hands, bounding us to fear, but to provide support and protection. So I make this plea: Empower Palmetto State citizens. Allow individuals the freedom to choose whether or not Syrian Refugees are too great a risk. Some are willing and ready to open their doors and should not be denied this opportunity.
We can do this, we should do this, and with your help we will do this. Let history show us on the side of grace.
Thank you for your time in considering this petition.
Concerned Citizen, Berkeley County/City of Charleston