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    Governor Vexed With Secrecy in Sending Illegal Aliens to Nebraska

    Governor Vexed With Secrecy in Sending Illegal Immigrants to Nebraska

    Federal Government Says It Is Just Following the Law

    July 12, 2014 5:27 p.m. ET

    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In a sign of the far-reaching impact of the U.S. immigration crisis and its political fallout, Nebraska's governor says 200 children who entered the country illegally were sent to his state this week without warning and that federal officials are refusing to identify them or their locations.

    Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, said federal officials also wouldn't answer questions about public school attendance by the children and the potential costs to taxpayers.

    "Governors and mayors have the right to know when the federal government is transporting a large group of individuals, in this case illegal immigrants, into your state," Mr. Heineman told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Saturday. "We need to know who they are, and so far, they are saying they're not going to give us that information."

    An Obama administration official on Saturday said the Central American children now in Nebraska aren't at a facility but are being housed with family members and sponsors while they await immigration proceedings. Some of the children arrived in the recent border surge, while others came earlier in the year.

    Mr. Heineman's complaint comes at a time when the federal government is contending with protests against the placement of illegal-immigrant children in other communities.

    Protesters in Murrieta, Calif., north of San Diego, have turned away buses carrying migrants, mostly women and children from Central America, to a U.S. Border Patrol station.

    More on the Immigration Crisis

    –The immigrant children are part of a deluge of tens of thousands of minorsfleeing strife in Central America, a situation leading President Barack Obama to ask Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border into the U.S. during the first nine months of the fiscal year that began in October, and officials expect the total to reach 90,000 by the autumn.

    The border crossings are a top concern among state officials gathered here for a National Governors Association meeting and a reminder, they say, that Congress's failure to overhaul immigration laws puts heavy burdens on the states.

    Mr. Heineman said he raised the issue privately with Vice President Joe Biden after Mr. Biden spoke on Friday to the governors association. Mr. Biden's office declined to comment on Saturday.

    The Republican Governors Association is alerting members about the transfer of children to Nebraska, highlighting the issue at a time when Mr. Obama is already facing criticism for failing to visit the border during a fundraising trip last week to Texas.

    "There are concerns that this type of activity—placing children in locations across the country—is occurring throughout the United States, and information is not being shared appropriately with states," the Republican Governors Association policy director, Marie Thomas Sanderson, wrote in an email to members on Friday and viewed by the Journal.

    Will Jenkins, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the immigrant children, said the health and human services department is required to protect the privacy of unaccompanied children and keep their personal information confidential.

    "Federal law requires that HHS feed, shelter and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to place them in safe settings with family members or sponsors while they await immigration proceedings," he said in a written statement. "These family members and sponsors live in many states, including Nebraska."

    Mothers from Honduras traveling with their children prepare to get into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services agent's truck on July 3, after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. Associated Press

    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said his state received a letter from the Obama administration in recent weeks asking if there were any "big facilities" that could house some of the people crossing the border. He said his state doesn't have such a facility and that he is open to working with faith-based groups to find suitable housing.

    The governors' views of the federal response to the immigration crisis largely break down along party lines, with Republicans blaming Mr. Obama for failing to control the border and Democrats pointing the finger at House Republicans who have blocked an overhaul of immigration law that passed the Senate last year and included money for border security.

    Mr. Markell said the U.S. has a responsibility not to ship the children to perilous conditions back home after they've fled violence in Central America. "If you send these kids back, it's an incredible problem for them and, depending on what happens to them, something that will always be on our conscience," Mr. Markell said. "One of the things that we should take a hard look at is what we can do to be sure that as these kids get sent back they're going back to places that are going to be safer."

    Mr. Markell's position is shared by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat weighing a presidential bid in 2016.

    "We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death," he said on Friday.

    Mr. Obama has pledged to send migrant children who don't qualify to stay back to their home counties, but federal law requires those who cross alone from countries other than Mexico and Canada to have their cases heard in the immigration courts, which can take years. Meanwhile, they can stay in the U.S., usually with relatives.

    Gov. Heineman on Saturday said, "I agree with the president, they should humanely and expeditiously be sent back to their country of origin."

    Some children have been temporarily placed at Fort Sill, a U.S. Army post in Oklahoma, said Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican serving as chairwoman of the NGA. She said the children should be treated humanely but that she is worried about costs and whether the U.S. is sending misleading signals that coming to the U.S. illegally doesn't carry risks or penalties.

    "My personal opinion as the governor of Oklahoma is that the United States is not a place that allows just anyone to come across the border without going through the legal process, and we need to work on securing our borders of the United States as quickly as possible," she said. "If it's that easy for a six-year-old or a 12-year-old to be able come across the border, who else is coming across the border of the United States?"

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    Heineman demands to know where border children are

    11 hours ago • By DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star

    200 border children sent to Nebraska

    Gov. Dave Heineman expressed outrage Friday that federal officials have refused to inform him where the 200 immigrant children recently sent to Nebraska are located and who is sponsoring them.

    So far, he said, his requests for that information have been denied and he finds that "incredible and outrageous."

    "We will treat them humanely while they are here," the governor said during an interview on KFAB radio.

    "But we want to keep track of them," he said, while they presumably are being processed for likely deportation because they entered the country illegally.

    "I'm very, very concerned," Heineman told KFAB during a telephone interview he initiated from Nashville, Tennessee, where he's attending a National Governors Association conference.

    "I can't believe the federal government is secretly transporting them to Nebraska," he said.

    "Our taxpayer dollars could end up potentially paying for their education and other benefits."

    The children are among tens of thousands who have crossed the southern U.S. border illegally and unaccompanied by parents during the recent children's migration from Central America.

    Heineman said he had "no idea what was going on" in Nebraska until Sen. Mike Johanns was informed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that about 200 of the children had been relocated in the state.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human services officials declined to tell him where the children have been relocated in Nebraska, the governor said.

    "I have every reason to believe more are coming," Heineman said.

    "In order to return them, we've got to know who came to Nebraska. It's incredible that our own government won't tell state and local officials what's going on."

    Heineman said he corralled Vice President Joe Biden at the NGA meeting and told him he wants that information.

    "He said he'd check into it," the governor said.

    Meanwhile, Nebraska Appleseed said the children's migration is "a humanitarian issue that requires a prompt, moral and compassionate response from our political leaders to ensure that we act in the best interests of the children."

    Those children are fleeing "unimaginable violence" in their own countries, Appleseed said in a written statement.

    "We need a response that lives up to our fundamental values," Appleseed said, "one that recognizes the trauma these children have been through and that provides them with a meaningful opportunity to share their story and be properly screened for legal relief."

    Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or On Twitter @LJSDon.

    Wow-the comments at the source link are so hateful to our governor and are mostly open borders rantings. I'm ashamed to have read them.

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    200 border children sent to Nebraska

    July 10, 2014 3:15 pm • By DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star

    About 200 children who recently crossed the southern U.S. border illegally and unaccompanied by parents have been placed with families or sponsors in Nebraska, Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday.

    But those children, and tens of thousands of others who have entered the United States illegally during the recent children's migration from Central America, need to be expelled from the country and returned to their parents, Johanns said.

    "They are not here legally," the Republican senator said during a conference call from Washington.

    "They should be returned to where they came from. And we should send a very strong message to parents in Central America: Your kids cannot stay here in the United States."

    Johanns said he is concerned about the children's safety once they are handed over by parents to so-called coyotes, who are paid to take the children to the border.

    "Nothing could be more dangerous," he said. "It's only a matter of time before children have been harmed or have died trying to get to the border.

    "This can't be allowed to continue," Johanns said.

    "Maybe they need to seek asylum," he said, but the children should not be allowed to settle in the United States illegally by just crossing the border.

    "The White House needs to get some backbone," Johanns said, and enforce U.S. immigration laws.

    Now, he said, the children "probably are scattered all over the United States," and they'll essentially "disappear, blend into society and wait for amnesty."

    Johanns said the figure of 200 children sent to Nebraska comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Border Patrol essentially places the children with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he said, and HHS finds a place for them to go.

    Earlier this week, the White House signaled its intention to deport most of the unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally. Most of the children have come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

    Obama is seeking funding to speed up deportation proceedings, stiffen security on the border and provide care for the children.

    Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or On Twitter @LJSDon.

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    "Governor Vexed With Secrecy in Sending Illegal Aliens to Nebraska"

    Well I guess I'm "Vexed" with the secrecy that the U.S. COAST GUARD is flying illegal aliens around the country.

    While ICE has been scrambling to transport minors with commercial, charter, and Coast Guard and Homeland Security aircraft, that movement has been between U.S. destinations.
    Amid tide of unaccompanied minors at U.S.-Mexico border, ICE Air busy



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