Protesters across the country blocked plans this month to secretly move illegal immigrant children into their states.
Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) again blasted the Obama administration for secretly dumping illegal immigrant children to the state. At least 138 illegal children were scretly dumped into Iowa.
The Quad City Times reported, via USofARN:
Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday it is “outlandish” that undocumented children are being placed in Iowa without any notification to state officials by the federal government.
Branstad said he has a lot of questions but no answers from the Obama administration in the wake of revelations this week that at least 139 Central American minors who have crossed the U.S. border illegally have been placed with sponsors in Iowa since Jan. 1.
“It’s disappointing that the administration has not been transparent or open with governors or human services departments across the country,” Branstad told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s outlandish that the federal government is being secretive about what they’re doing and how our tax money is being spent.”…
…Branstad said he supports Grassley’s proposal, reiterating his consternation that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made no mention of the ongoing placements during a recent meeting of the National Governors Association in Tennessee.
“First of all, they failed to secure the border,” Branstad said. “Secondly, children have been placed without our knowledge in the state. I want to get these questions answered.
“We’re going to ask those questions. We need to get answers: who they’ve been placed with, why, what is their situation, are they still here, have they gone somewhere else? We don’t know. We’ve just gotten vague answers, and we believe the people of Iowa, the taxpayers, deserve to get more information.”
Thousands of minors have been detained by U.S. border patrol agents for crossing from Mexico to the United States without proper authorization, many coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.