Heineman wants transparency regarding border children in Nebraska
Gov. Dave Heineman expressed outrage Friday that federal officials have refused to inform him where the 200 immigrant children recently sent to Nebraska are located and who is sponsoring them.
The Lincoln Journal Star says his requests for that information have been denied and he finds that "incredible and outrageous." During an interview on KFAB radio Heineman said "We will treat them humanely while they are here but we want to keep track of them."
The children are presumably being processed for likely deportation because they entered the country illegally.
Heineman said "I can't believe the federal government is secretly transporting them to Nebraska and our taxpayer dollars could end up potentially paying for their education and other benefits."
The children are among tens of thousands who have crossed the southern U.S. border illegally and unaccompanied by parents during the recent children's migration from Central America.
Heineman said he had "no idea what was going on" in Nebraska until Sen. Mike Johanns was informed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that about 200 of the children had been relocated in the state.
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