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Obama seeks governors’ support on immigrant kids

Published: Mon, July 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1.

Governors of both parties expressed concerns about the cost to states, including providing public education for the children, according to those who attended the meeting.

“Our citizens already feel burdened by all kinds of challenges. They don’t want to see another burden come into their state,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat. “However we deal with the humanitarian aspects of this, we’ve got to do it in the most cost-effective way possible.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad were among the most-vocal Republican critics. They seized on the administration’s plans to place the children with friends or family members without checking on their immigration status.

Under current law, immigrant children from countries that don’t border the U.S. and who cross into this country by themselves are turned over to HHS within 72 hours. From there, they often are reunited with parents or placed with other relatives already living in the country, while they wait for an immigration court to decide their future.


1captainpeewee(76 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

send them to the safe towns and states Chicago Boston and Fransisco cal

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2tnmartin(461 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

absolutely necessary to secure the border. LONG overdue. But it's not sufficient in itself. Also necessary and long overdue:
a) interior enforcement. In my work, I've traveled around much of the US. Seeing illegal aliens in many places far from a border. Places like Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Living here, quite openly, ignoring all laws.
b) interior enforcement without favoritism. Obumble's illegal alien uncle has lived here for quite a while, illegally, despite several arrests. Obumble's late aunt Zeituni lived here, illegally, for many years, sponging off the taxpayers throughout. Wasn't hiding, but no on had the integrity to throw her out.
c) end ANY welfare benefits to illegals. MANY are getting all kinds of benefits to which they have no right.
d) end IMMEDIATELY benefits being sent into Mexico as being the minor dependents of illegal aliens in this country. It's been going on a while, it really has
e) end immediately and without apology this ghastly and obviously erroneous misinterpretation of the Constitution allowing an illegal alien to violate the border, drop a baby 3 minutes later, and claim immediate citizenship for that baby. It's nonsense and is NOT a historical interpretation of the Constitution. Send 'em back, and while you're at it, bull the nation of ACTUAL citizenship for the costs associated with the birth and care of the mother and child.
f) convene the Congress for the purpose of declaring a State of War against the Republic of Mexico and the Republic of Honduras, possibly to be extended to Guatemala and other hostile states as well. And give notice of intent to prosecute such a declaration. The open and announced intentions of these hostile states to engage in mass invasion of the sovereign territory of these United States is itself a de facto declaration of war. Time to behave accordingly.
There's more that needs to be done, like felony prosecutions of companies that hire illegal aliens, criminal prosecutions against public officials who have refused to fully and vigorously enforce existing immigration laws. No matter how high up the food chain that prosecution extends. And SEVERE penalties for any illegal found to be here after previous deportation; I'd be comfortable with immediate execution. They're not citizens, they're invaders, and while they may have human rights they have no civil rights we are bound to respect. Shoot them on the spot.

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