Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) recently wrote a letter to President Obama demanding that he deport 245 undocumented immigrant children who have been housed in the Hoosier State.
Gov. Pence claimed that Obama didn't tell him that the Central American children would be brought to Indiana, but rather read about it in the news, noted CBS Washington D.C.
“While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal and orderly immigration process,” wrote Gov. Pence in his letter. “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."
“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," claimed Gov. Pence.
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However, President Obama cannot immediately deport the undocumented children thanks to a law that President Bush signed in 2008 that requires the U.S. government to provide asylum to any minors from non-bordering countries until they have an immigration hearing, reported the Los Angeles Times.
According to the Indy Star, Indiana State Sen. Brent Steele (R) recently wrote a letter to residents saying he had asked the government, “If any illegal aliens have been dumped in our state.”
The Washington Post reported that the Republican governors of Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin recently sent a letter to President Obama calling for the deportation of the children:
The failure to return the unaccompanied children will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border. We are concerned that there will be significant numbers who will end up using the public schools, social services and health systems largely funded by the states.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has promised to stop the federal government from housing undocumented immigrants in his state.