Created: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:45:00 CST
Updated: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:48:23 CST
Just last week it was announced that over 200 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children have been placed in Nebraska. Now, Governor Heineman and other Congressional leaders in Nebraska want the names of those children.
Today, Heineman and Congressional leaders from Nebraska sent a letter to Secretary of HHS Sylvia Burwell. The letter says that neither Governor Heineman nor mayors of the communities have any formal notification of the large scale relocation.
The leaders are requesting that HHS immediately provide the names of the children to the state, along with identification numbers and dates, and their sponsors names and addresses.
HHS is responsible for caring for those children while waiting immigration court hearings. They place the minors in shelters or with sponsors across the country.
Along with Governor Heineman, US Senators Mike Johanns, Deb Fischer and US Congressman Lee Terry and Adrian Smith all signed the letter.
In addition to that letter, US Senator Mike Johanns has sponsored legislation in Washington dealing with unaccompanied illegal immigrants.
The bill would require the federal government to notify state officials if unaccompanied alien children are placed in their states.
Johanns said, "States have the right to know the federal government is taking actions that impact their communities. HHS refusal to share with state leaders as they relocate tens of thousands of children is unacceptable."
Since last October, 57,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States illegally from Central America.