DES MOINES, Iowa - Senator Charles Grassley says 139 children who illegally crossed into the U.S. have been relocated to Iowa. Governor Branstad says he wasn't told the kids would be coming and don't know if more could be on the way.
Sen. Chuck Grassley co-sponsored legislation that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to give 48-hours notice to governors before children are placed in their states.
“The federal government should notify the governor of these happenings because it`s going to be a cost to the treasury, there could be health problems involved,” says Grassley. “The governor is entitled to know who is coming and where they are going.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Senator Jack Hatch, says the state should be more compassionate and should fast track the children to refugee status.
“They are protected by federal law passed in 2008 by President Bush that unaccompanied children from Central America are available for coming up and asking for refugee status because of the violence and human trafficking they have been exposed too.”
The Department of Health and Human Services has not told state leaders where the children are staying, who they are staying with or if they are even still in the state.