Sen. Mike Johanns has introduced legislation requiring the federal government to notify state officials if unaccompanied illegal immigrant children are placed in their states.
Johanns says when children come into a state, the state basically become responsible for them. He says this will have an impact on social programs in the county and community where they live as well as school systems and state and local budgets.
There are about 200 Central American children in Nebraska and Gov. Dave Heineman says the federal government refuses to tell him who and where they are. This legislation will require that information be shared.
Senator Johanns says this is the first step in getting these children back home. Every child is entitled to a deportation hearing but with tens of thousands of them in U-S that could take years. Johanns says a 2008 law that opened the border for minors has to be addressed as well as an immigration law that is enforced.