Illegal immigrants, all children, are being dumped into states all over America. However, one state just saw a huge influx of over 700 children being dropped off at its doorstep.
According to The Washington Times, the American government posted a notification on its Health and Human Services website that it had recently handed over 760 illegal immigrants to Tennessee.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam claims that he had only learned of the drop-off after seeing the notification on the website. Haslam also claimed that he had previously asked the Obama administration to let him know if any illegal immigrants were to be put into his state.
The Tennessee governor is not the only one who is concerned about illegal immigrant children being cared for by sponsors in their states. Iowa, Arizona, and many other states are becoming temporary homes for the children while they wait to be processed.
Governor Haslam said that he and many other governors met with the Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell. The governors explained to Burwell that they must be informed about illegal immigrants being housed in their states.
In a letter to President Obama and Secretary Burwell, Haslam said, “It is unacceptable that we become 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.”
Haslam went on to say, “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.”
According to Bizpac Review, governors across America are worried that a massive influx of illegal immigrants, specifically children, could impact their state budgets in a negative way. Concerns over the impact on public schools, which must stretch their limits to include the sponsored children, have raised much concern.
Gov. Haslam wrote in his letter, “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.”
Haslam also requested information on how sponsors were selected and evaluated, which types of medical screening the illegal immigrants have received, and what the immigration status will be regarding the children and any parents who were found to be traveling with them.
According to The Washington Times, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that 30,340 illegal immigrants, all children, have been taken in by United States sponsors since the beginning of 2014.
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