Governor Vexed with Secrecy in Sending Illegal Immigrants to Nebraska

Beth Reinhard and Peter Nicholas, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2014

In a sign of the far-reaching impact of the U.S. immigration crisis and its political fallout, Nebraska’s governor says 200 children who entered the country illegally were sent to his state this week without warning and that federal officials are refusing to identify them or their locations.

Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, said federal officials also wouldn’t answer questions about public school attendance by the children and the potential costs to taxpayers.

“Governors and mayors have the right to know when the federal government is transporting a large group of individuals, in this case illegal immigrants, into your state,” Mr. Heineman told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Saturday. “We need to know who they are, and so far, they are saying they’re not going to give us that information.”

An Obama administration official on Saturday said the Central American children now in Nebraska aren’t at a facility but are being housed with family members and sponsors while they await immigration proceedings. Some of the children arrived in the recent border surge, while others came earlier in the year.


The border crossings are a top concern among state officials gathered here for a National Governors Association meeting and a reminder, they say, that Congress’s failure to overhaul immigration laws puts heavy burdens on the states.


“There are concerns that this type of activity–placing children in locations across the country–is occurring throughout the United States, and information is not being shared appropriately with states,” the Republican Governors Association policy director, Marie Thomas Sanderson, wrote in an email to members on Friday and viewed by the Journal.

Will Jenkins, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the immigrant children, said the health and human services department is required to protect the privacy of unaccompanied children and keep their personal information confidential.

“Federal law requires that HHS feed, shelter and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to place them in safe settings with family members or sponsors while they await immigration proceedings,” he said in a written statement. “These family members and sponsors live in many states, including Nebraska.”

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said his state received a letter from the Obama administration in recent weeks asking if there were any “big facilities” that could house some of the people crossing the border. He said his state doesn’t have such a facility and that he is open to working with faith-based groups to find suitable housing.


Mr. Obama has pledged to send migrant children who don’t qualify to stay back to their home counties, but federal law requires those who cross alone from countries other than Mexico and Canada to have their cases heard in the immigration courts, which can take years. Meanwhile, they can stay in the U.S., usually with relatives.


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  • Vito Powers

    so other than an interview with the Wall Street Journal, what is this Nebraska governor going to do about it? These governors of both parties seem to look the other way when their corporate donors are using Illegal Immigrants in the workforces. Why would this be any different? He’s just putting on a show for his constituents. He knows his state will be a “welcoming society” for these Illegal Immigrants.

  • The US is no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of tyrants, attracted by the heady scent of power exuding from Washington, DC. Until the tyrants face criminal charges for their mischief, what’s the downside for them? Tyrant Obama was treated nice when he jumped the line at that barbeque joint in Austin last week. If I had been there, I’m sure I would have been detained for yelling obscenities at him. A fruitless gesture to be sure, but the courts and the military won’t take action, so standing around yelling the a-hole word at him might be the best anyone can do.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Why don’t they set up a big camp on the lawn of the “White” house? Moochelle can teach them all how to vote for a living, read stories about the evils of racism and how to get gubbamint money.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Could also get them to do some yard work around the Whitehouse for cash.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Roofing and septic, yeah. Gonna need some septic work for sure.

  • r j p

    750 of them just landed in ChiHellHole.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Do you know where?

      • r j p

        Who knows where they put them. Section 8 down by Midway?
        If out of Texas it would be Southwest Air, right?

        • Usually Much Calmer

          I think I will call Heartland tomorrow and ask.

          My guess is Uptown.

          • r j p

            Junkytown getting worse.

  • willbest

    I am confused as to why a state would provide essential services for illegals. I get emergency medical for humanitarian reasons, but there is zero reason to spend money educating them

    • IstvanIN

      NJ educates, provides medicaid, Food Stamps, free lunch, a small welfare payment and other assistance through the refugee resettlement program.

    • SentryattheGate

      California got 80% of their Hispanics since 1980; an illegal invasion! CA taxpayers were alarmed to learn of the billions being spent on the illegals (food, housing, healthcare, education)—but their elected “representatives” refused to do anything. Proposition 187 to deny $ for illegals (in 1994) was the result of many Californians spending LOTS of their own time and money—was passed by ~2/3rds vote, but dismissed by ONE judge! That was 20 years ago—the illegals got the “green light” way back then! Now CA is bankrupt, with people leaving in droves!

      • Grantland

        A Jewish judge, of course.

  • IstvanIN

    The National Guard never should have been federalized and should have remained each state’s protection against Washington tyranny.

    • Michael Whalen

      I’ll say it again. Repeal the 17th amendment!

      • IstvanIN

        We would have a lot more black and hispanic senators if that were the case. The Governors of most states would want to be PC, even overwhelming white states. Not that White senators do us much good.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Use the carrot. Use the stick. Keep your powder dry.

    Call Gov. Heineman’s office tomorrow and thank his staff on his behalf for fighting the good fight.

    Lincoln office: 402-471-2244
    Western : 308-632-1370

    Everyone is vain. Deal with it and USE it.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Despite what the governor says, Nebraska IS ready for the invasion.

    • r j p

      Just put them in Lincoln with the animals that play footsball and never leave.

  • MindHead99

    The funding has to be cut off for these human trafficking operations by the US government. Massachusetts is getting top secret flights of illegals into the state on the regular too. Illegals shouldn’t be eligible for any benefits to stop freeloaders from coming. We need a rocket docket court to send them back instead of waiting years for their cases.

  • Michael Whalen

    If nothing else, we very urgently need to repeal the 17th amendment.

    • r j p

      Every Amendment after the 10th.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Until hundreds of thousands—or even millions of Americans rise up and en mass practice Civil Disobedience and disrupt the forced importation of this filthy, diseased group of illegals that will bring little value to our economy or our way of life……..the Obama Administration will continue to escalate the destruction of the country with the importation of the least clean, healthy, intelligent and productive brown types.

    Where is the outrage beyond words? It’s just not there….and the brown win without a fight.

  • David Ashton

    Nebraska? Wasn’t that going to be part of the ethnic reserve for the “White Aryan Redoubt” (cap. Covington, NE)?

  • Dale McNamee

    Why not make America “unwelcoming” for the illegals and the politicians who are encouraging this ?

    Intimidate the municipal,county,state,Federal officials via E-mail,snail mail,phone calls. Demonstrate at their offices and at photo-ops… If you see them in the neighborhood, confront them… After all, the “activists” DO !

    And if the illegals do arrive, shun them ! They shouldn’t be here. And with the diseases that they are bringing…

    As for “amnesty”… Offer them “guest worker” status with no rights or very limited rights… No government benefits…Just like their governments do. Just look up the immigration laws of Mexico,El Salvador,Guatemala, & Honduras ! To emigrate there YOU MUST HAVE A JOB with a certain level of income or else you can leave. Same goes for retiring there… You have to have a certain level of income too ! And you can’t own private property ( Mexican law is quite clear on that ! )

    Also, you don’t have any voting rights and can’t work for their governments… Let’s offer the same ! All of these restrictions ARE PERMANENT in these countries !