Some of the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children who've recently entered the country could be coming to your community and you'd never know.
The White House is not informing governors or members of Congress when or where they are placing the children, because they deem the children's privacy rights to be more important than your right to know where your tax dollars are going, or any public safety or health concern you might have.
During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:
“The public does have a right to know what’s happening… [but] at the same time, there are privacy rights that are included in the law that this administration is committed to enforcing and following."
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman - a Republican - recently discovered that 200 illegal immigrant children were sent to his state “without warning.” Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Mary Fallin was “alerted through the media” about 600 children coming to a military installation in her state.
And, Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (also a Republican - Coincidence?) found out about a shipment of children to his state from a local charity that was contracted by the federal government to provide housing and supplies for the children.
It seems the President expects elected officials to get information the way he claims he does - through news reports. He ignores the fact that said officials have Constitutional responsibilities of oversight and of looking out for the health and welfare of their constituents.
It's as if he views governors and members of Congress as pawns or hindrances to his plans, and he is incapable of recognizing their role in governmental processes.
Yet, the states and municipalities will be required to spend limited budget dollars without any forewarning.
The juveniles — few of whom speak English, and some of whom speak only Indian languages — are entitled to federal medical care, and to attend local schools, regardless of their impact on American kids.
“Who are these illegal unaccompanied children? Who is their sponsor? Where are you sending them?” Heineman wants to know.
“We need to know all this information to protect our state and our citizens. … We will be responsible for educating these children. Who will pay for that?”
That's a great question, Gov. Heineman.