Some GOP governors are refusing to temporarily house unaccompanied migrant children


Jaime Rodriguez Sr. • U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A temporary immigration processing facility in Donna, Texas, was photographed on March 17. The Mexican border has been overwhelmed by unaccompanied migrant children.

FORT WORTH, Texas – The federal foster care system was unprepared to house the record nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children who came to the United States in March, so the Biden administration asked some states to temporarily house them.

GOP governors in Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming said no. The governors claim that unaccompanied children would displace those already in state foster care or limit states' ability to make new placements.

"Nebraska is declining their request because we are reserving our resources for serving our kids," Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said in an April 13 news release. "I do not want our kids harmed as the result of President Biden's bad policies."


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