Illegal Immigrants: Nebraska Governor Balks At Release Of Thousands Of Children In His State

Tara Dodrill

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is not happy with the Obama administration's plan to house and ultimately release hundreds of illegal immigrants in his state. Governor Heineman is perhaps even more displeased with the lack of communication and "secrecy" being used by the federal government concerning the relocation of the illegal aliens and unaccompanied children.

As previously reported by The Inquistir, the U.S. Border Patrol largely feels overwhelmed by the illegal immigration problem along the Texas border. Some refer to the 60,000 or more illegal immigrants pouring across the border so far this year as a humanitarian crisis, others as an invasion. Texas Governor Rick Perry invited President Barack Obama to tour the Mexican border with him so the leader could learn first-hand what the border patrol, locals residents and leaders are facing.

Governor Heineman is concerned about the health and welfare of communities in his state, along with what the expense dealing with hundreds of illegal immigrant children will mean for Nebraska taxpayers.

The Nebraska Governor had this to say about the illegal immigration problem during an interview with The Wall Street Journal:

"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. We need to know who they are, and so far, they are saying they're not going to give us that information."

An official from the Obama administration stated over the weekend that the illegal immigrant children in Nebraska were not placed in a government holding facility but are staying with relatives or sponsors. The migrant children will reportedly remain in Nebraska, despite disapproval by the state, until deportation proceedings conclude. Approximately half of those scheduled for deportation hearings never show up for the hearing, according to immigration agency data.

Due to the massive backlog of deportation hearings, the Nebraska Governor, and his peers in other non-border states as well, have reportedly been told to expect the illegal immigrants to remain in their state for two to three years. State and local leaders, as well as common Americans, wonder what the extended stay will mean in relation to taxpayer funds and overcrowding in public schools.

The illegal border crossings were the primary concern for state officials gathered for a National Governors Association meeting recently. Governor Heineman, a Republican, reportedly raised the matter during a private conversation with Vice President Joe Biden. The vice president would not comment on the matter when asked about the conversation or his views on the matter after the weekend event.

Illegal immigrant children were also transported to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Governor Mary Fallin had this to say about the impact the federal border security problem is having on the states:

"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. 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?"

As noted by The Inquisitr, President Obama the offer and sat down for a chat with Governor Perry and local faith leaders instead. Obama stated that his representatives had been to the border multiple time and kept him fully updated on the situation and border control actions.

During a press conference after the meeting with Rick Perry, President Obama said he was unaware that Border Patrol agents were positioned about 40 miles away from the actual border and agree with Governor Perry that moving them to the actual crossing sites would be beneficial.

What do you think about illegal immigrants being sent to states and released until deportation hearings are scheduled?

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