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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The immigration crisis hits home, with Gov. Terry Branstad saying illegals are not welcome in Iowa.

"Just because we're an empathetic and supportive country doesn't mean that we can take everybody," Branstad told reporters, "The first thing we need to do is secure the border and I do have empathy for these kids, but I also don't want to send the signal that send your kids to America illegally. That's not the right message."

Maria Rodriguez-Romero knows the pain deportation can cause. She and her brother, Geraldo, came to America 16-years ago. Two years ago, he was deported, leaving behind his wife and three kids. "I miss my brother a lot because not able to see him," Rodriguez-Romero said, "It's really sad because the kids no understand the love. The kids no understand what is their dad."

Mary E. Campos is an American Citizenship Teacher. She says this isn't a political or financial issue, it's a humanitarian issue. "I've had Hondurans tell me that when the boys are seven or eight years old, if they don't join the gangs, they just shoot them. The little girls, they rape them. What could you possibly do to a child that's worse than that?" she asks.

The governor says no one on the federal level has contacted the state about housing the children here, and to his knowledge, none have been sent here. Over the weekend, Branstad and other governors met with the US Health and Human Services Secretary as the Obama Administration looks for states willing to host the children.


  • Angryparent

    Governor Braindead is no more than talking big in front a camera saying what racist voters like you want to hear, but in reality the states various school districts welcome migrant children with open arms. Every migrant child equals more much needed federal aid ($). That by the way benefits the entire district.

    • Justice

      Seriously? Where does FEDERAL AID ($) come from? Explain to me how this benefits us when we are paying for this in the first place? Or oh yes, borrowing it from the Chinese? Quit sucking on the koolaid and figure out who is paying for this in the first place…unless you are not a taxpayer. If this makes me racist in your eyes than so be it. Frankly I am an American first and I don’t care if people are white, black, brown or green. However, I do care if people are here illegally and I think most Americans do too.

    • parvathi

      Absolutely true. Also, states with shrinking and aging populations need immigrants because immigrants work, pay taxes, and have babies. They make things, buy things, and create jobs. And immigrants do some of the lower paying physical work so others can work at skilled jobs.

  • Dan

    Racist? More federal aid? Normally I would ask how you come up with that. I’m not going to on this one, I’m just going to shake my head. I always wondered how Obama and Pelosi could be voted for twice, let alone the first time, I got my answer. Good Job Terry on sending them back. With a pen and a phone Obama could seal that border, it’s way overdue.

  • parvathi

    The children are coming legally, not illegally. They cross the border after presenting themselves to border officials, so the more border officials there are the easier it is. Federal benefits and jobs follow these refugees who are in danger if we don’t assist them.

    • Sally

      @Parvathi – it is heartbreaking that these people’s country is so dangerous, but, they need to fix that, not run from it coming here and expecting us to take in all of their people. And, if I was so sure that my child was going to have to join a gang or die, I don’t think I would be having children. It is within a person’s control as to whether or not they have kids. S*x is not a necessity. Don’t have babies if you can’t raise them!

    • Sue

      They are NOT coming in here legally, that is why they are paying the coyotes thousands of dollars to sneak them in! Yes, some are coming across at border patrol locations, that doesn’t make them legal.

  • Dan

    Murder rates in El Salvador, Nicaragua has not raised in the last 20 years. Unemployment is lower there than it is here. They leave a corrupt govt? Has anyone looked at this one lately?
    It is not as simple as turning yourself in to the border patrol, and I think you know this. The reason they are coming is Obama said they’d keep them up to two years. Mexican’s try it and they are sent back immediately. And where do you get Fed jobs and benefits come with them? Try turning youself into Mexico and see what they do with you. You overstay your welcome down there they deport you with an @#@ beating. The more the word gets out the worse it’s going to get. Close that border. Go visit that border, there’s an idea. Obama won’t. Next it will be the parent’s (oh the poor things) coming to be with their kids. And yes I have been on that border extensively. Who’s watching for the drugs etc. whle the border patrol is babysitting. How long do you suppose the border patrol will do this before giving up and getting a different job?

  • William Denison

    Many of the “Job Creators” and the people they spend their money on to put in office are the ones to blame here. They love having these people come here so to keep wages down and work people like mules. Once all this drummed up fear and repub propaganda is gone and the mid terms are over it will be back to business as usual for all sides involved.

  • Drake

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    • Sue

      @Drake – and even those who came through Ellis Island had to be registered and pass medical and legal evaluations to be let into the country. Tens of thousands of people weren’t just allowed to come in for free. Also, back during the time that that quote was written, the government wasn’t expected to educate, clothe, house and feed those tens of thousands of people off the backs of others. Immigrants came to America and worked and made due and lived in less than perfect situations until they could better themselves. How many of these children do you think are planning to get jobs right away and start providing for themselves?

      Everybody says it’s the right thing to do. Yes, it certainly sounds like it, but, we are a country with a failing economy. We can’t even take care of our veterans. How can we expect to take care of every child in the world, and eventually their entire family, that has been born into poor conditions?

    • Jess

      It’s a beautiful sentiment, Drake, but, there are some hard core economics behind this situation that say it just isn’t possible anymore.

  • Randy Graven

    I guarantee you that if they were rich and promised Terry a campaign contribution they’d be welcomed with open arms even if they were drug dealers or murderers.

  • Matthew

    Leviticus 19:33-34

    “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

  • Annonymous

    This news story isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. The facts are false and it has no bearing on the crisis we are currently experiencing with children coming over our borders. This is about an ADULT brother of this woman who was deported, not about children coming over the border illegally. I’m not going to go into details, but I know personally the individuals discussed in this interview and what was said is a load of bull. It frustrates me to no end to see this inaccuracy in reporting and how this can and did affect those of the individual who was deported.

  • Jose hernandez Garcia Lopez guadalupe

    Yah, she loves her brother so much than how come she didn’t LEAVE with him???

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