Sen. Deb Fischer dismisses those who question why Gov. Dave Heineman has demanded to know how many illegal immigrant children have been placed with families in Nebraska, where they are staying and who they are.
Fischer says states need answers from the federal government.
“Well, of course we need the information, and the governor is the person to have that. He has a responsibility for the safety and well-being of the citizens of Nebraska,” according to Fischer.
An estimated 57,000 children, unaccompanied by adults, have crossed the southern border illegally. Reports surfaced recently that 200 of the children have been placed by federal officials with families in Nebraska.
Gov. Heineman has written the Secretary of Health and Human Services, requesting information about the children in Nebraska.
Nebraska Appleseed questions why the governor would need the information.
Fischer supports Heineman’s request for specific information about the children.
“The number of children that are being placed and what communities they are being placed in and what impact that will have on those communities,” Fischer says.
Approximately 57,000 minors have crossed the southern border illegally, leaving Central America countries unaccompanied by adults. About 200 have made their way to Nebraska
The Obama Administration has signaled that it plans to deport most of the minors. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to appropriate $3.7 billion to help speed up the legal process. Most seem to have come into the country from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Fischer says Washington needs to take action.
“This is a humanitarian crisis and I think we all need to remember that.”