Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Nikki Haley
Governors across the country are very unhappy with the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement after they learned late Thursday how many unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been released to a sponsor in their states.
In total 30,340 illegal immigrant minors are spread across the United States with some being “reunited” with a parent, relative, or family friend as far away as the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Alaska.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said this Thursday night, SC got 350 illegal minors released to sponsors:
Gov. Nikki Haley said it’s wrong for the federal government to expect states to accept unattended children who are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while providing no information on them.
“We do care about these children. We do want them to be safe. But we also have our own children to take care of,” she said Thursday evening during a panel discussion of Republican governors at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.
“We’ve got our foster children in every one of our states and we are trying to balance a budget,” she said. “And because they won’t do the one basic thing of securing our border, we are now taking on additional children. It’s just wrong. It’s wrong. And when we ask who these children are or where they are, Secretary Johnson said we can’t tell you because of privacy issues.”
On Friday Sen. Tim Scott weighed in:
“There are a lot of things that are frustrating about the situation at the border,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.
Scott said his office has been left in the dark about where undocumented children are being sent to, including right here in South Carolina.
“We asked a very specific question: Are there any [unaccompanied children] coming to South Carolina or are in South Carolina? The response from the administration, HHS I think it was, was no,” Scott said.
Illinois’ hapless Governor Pat Quinn said Friday that he was deeply concerned about the 305 minors released to sponsors here(to go along with at least 748 being sheltered in Chicago by an HHS approved agency):
Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said he’s “deeply concerned” about the welfare of unaccompanied children who’ve crossed the border into the United States.
He spoke about his concern after federal data was released Thursday showing Illinois has already received this year 305 unaccompanied children that illegally crossed U.S.-Mexico border.
Quinn, who supports abortion and opposes parental notification, says “leaders of conscience must cooperate to protect the vulnerable” and described Illinois as “prepared to help in whatever way necessary to preserve the well-being of these children.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker voiced his concerned this flood of illegal immigrants could drain our system, 50 unaccompanied minors are in his state with plans for many more:
Governor Scott Walker says he is not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually “drain the entire system.”
Governor Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield. He says he is concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the United States and the cost of dealing with them once they are here.
The Republican governor says if the children aren’t sent home quickly, they will likely blend into communities and “that’s going to have costs and drain the entire system.”
Idaho’s Governor and at least one US Senator where kept in the dark about the 8 illegal minors sent there:
Gov. Otter only found out about the children this week through media coverage, a spokesman told KBOI 2News. Now his office says he’s left wondering why the feds never let him know they were bringing the children into our state.
Gov. Otter sent out a letter on Wednesday saying Idaho didn’t want to take any illegal immigrant children. But that was before he found out that we already have eight here.
His office says he took that stand because he doesn’t support the highly dangerous way these kids are getting into the United States.
As of now, the state has no idea where the children are or who they are with.
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo said his office, too, did not know about the children.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell fessed up that the 117 illegals there will be of some cost to the taxpayers, which didn’t sit well with state lawmakers:
The governor conceded that state and local taxpayers could be liable for some of the costs potentially associated with the new arrivals.
“If we become aware of individual children in Delaware who require services, we would certainly work with non-profits and state agencies to ensure that their basic needs are being met,” Gov. Markell stated in the letter. “Some of these children may enroll in Delaware schools while awaiting processing by federal authorities, as immigrant children ordinarily do. … The education and other services come at a cost for the state, school districts and non-profit providers, and I am asking federal officials to work with states to cover those costs and ensure that these children receive appropriate care.”
State House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford, said the cost issue concerns him. “If federal officials are not disclosing who these children are, and where they have been placed, how can we track the expenses incurred by state and local agencies in their care? Many of these kids have fled dire circumstances and most everyone is sympathetic to their plight. Having said that, local residents should not be tasked with financing a problem that is not of their own making and which they have no ability to affect.”
State House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, said state officials have largely been kept in the dark by the feds.
In a recurring theme Tennessee Gov. Haslam is upset he wasn’t told about the 700 illegals released into his state:
Gov. Bill Haslam says in a letter to President Barack Obama that his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied minors in Tennessee.
The Republican governor complains in a letter released Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services did not tell officials in Tennessee directly that unaccompanied immigrant children had been released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.
Instead, they learned of the minors through a posting on the HHS website, a practice that Haslam said was “unacceptable.”
“Not only was our state not informed prior to any of the children being brought here, I still have not been contacted and have no information about these individuals or their sponsors other than what was posted on the HHS website and subsequently reported by media,” he wrote.
More of the same for Georgia and Gov. Deal which got more than a 1,000:
Georgia’s governor has sent a letter to the president saying it is “unconscionable” that the federal government didn’t communicate with his office before sending unaccompanied young migrants to the state.
Gov. Nathan Deal sent the letter to President Barack Obama Thursday. Deal wrote in the letter that he was shocked to learn from federal officials this week that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to Georgia in the first half of this year.
The governor expressed concern that Georgia communities would have to provide medical and educational services to the young people awaiting processing.
And lastly South Dakota:
Governor Dennis Daugaard said in a news release that he is disappointed that the children were placed in South Dakota without notification of the state. Daugaard says that federal officials indicated that all 21 children have been screened and vaccinated. However, Daugaard wants more information about the children to make sure they do not pose a risk to South Dakotans.
None of the 21 unaccompanied minors have been placed in South Dakota’s foster care system, or with South Dakota’s non-profit refugee agencies