INDIANAPOLIS (WNEW/AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is asking that more than 200 immigrant children placed in Indiana be deported and chiding President Barack Obama for not alerting him of the placements.
Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. The Obama administration is seeking friends and family members across the nation to take in thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated to the U.S. illegally.
“Those who have crossed our border illegally should be treated humanely and with decency and respect, but they should be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families rather than being dispersed around the United States in sponsored placement or long-term detention facilities,” Pence said in his letter to Obama. “Failure to expedite the return of unaccompanied children thwarts the rule of law and will only continue to send a distorted message that illegally crossing into America is without consequence.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed 245 children with Indiana families since the start of the year.
Pence said in his letter the children should be returned to family members outside the U.S. He also requested regular updates of when immigrant children are placed with families in Indiana.
“What we are currently experiencing in Indiana and states across the nation as this crisis deepens, however, is neither sensible nor humane. States should not be asked by the federal government to deal with the consequences of a failed national immigration policy.”
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