Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the latest to slam the administration for dumping illegal immigrants in his state with no notification. He issued a scathing letter Friday to President Obama.
Haslam said he had to find out about the Obama administration’s release of 760 illegal minors through the Health and Human Services website, according to Fox News.
Haslan also directed the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, saying:
“It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge. 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.”
Governors around the nation are concerned that the influx of immigrant children could adversely impact their state budgets, with the effect on public schools, weeks away from opening for the new year, among the biggest question marks.
“The start of school is approaching for many districts across the state, and the federal government’s actions have caused great uncertainty around this issue,” Haslan wrote, requesting information on how sponsors are evaluated, what medical screenings the children received and what official immigration status is being assigned to the children andparents traveling with them.
Governors have good reason to worry. Last week the Department of Health and Human Services said 30,340 illegal immigrant children have been housed in U.S. communities since the beginning of the year, according to the Washington Times.
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