(NaturalNews) Governors across the country have begun objecting to the Obama Administration's dumping of illegal immigrant children and older minors who are being caught by the tens of thousands along the U.S. Southwest border in communities in their states. At least one believes that it's being done covertly.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said recently in an interview with Fox News that he learned from U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that 200 unaccompanied immigration children were placed with relatives or sponsors within their state. He went on to say that his office was never notified by federal officials that this would be occurring:
"We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is. Is their sponsor legal? What communities did you send them to? Why are they conducting a secret operation, essentially, transporting them all over the country... and the federal government won't tell us what's going on."
So much for 'transparency'
The governor, as well as most of the state's federal congressional delegation, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell demanding that she provide them with more information about the immigrants.
"I hope that Congress will insert language that says governors, mayors and other local elected officials deserve to know when they're sending these individuals to our states," Heineman told Fox News.
He added that he is concerned that the Obama administration's lack of transparency will only continue, and that more illegal immigrants will be brought to states without knowledge or permission.
"It's going to happen all over America and I'm concerned. It's 200 today, how many more tomorrow?" Heineman asked.
"They said they believe in transparency in government. Why won't they be transparent on this situation?" he asked, referring to the Obama administration. "What are they hiding?"
What's more, Heinemann said he believes that all taxpayers will be picking up the tab to pay for immigrants who are streaming illegally into the country along the U.S.-Mexico border -- more than 300,000 since January.
"They know who they are, where they're sending them, and again, they won't tell us whether they're arriving by bus, by plane, by car. I have no idea and I have no idea what communities they're going to in our state," Heinemann said during the interview. "And then again, who's going to foot the bill? And in all likelihood, that means legal taxpayers are going to pay for services for illegal individuals."
Reports have said the government estimates that some 90,000 children, primarily from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, will make the journey to the U.S. -- many alone -- by this fall; as many as 145,000 could arrive next year.
Earlier, Heinemann expressed outrage that federal officials had so far refused to share information with him and other governors about the children.
Thousands more expected
Some lawmakers are proposing legislation that would help staunch the flow of illegal immigration at the border, by empowering the federal agencies tasked to deal with it.
As reported by The Associated Press and CBS DC:
A new bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, would allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to turn many of the kids around quickly at the border. Under current law, the youths stay here while awaiting an eventual hearing in the backlogged immigration court system, something that can keep them in this country for years.
But as long as Democrats -- many of whom are supporting the illegal arrivals -- control the Senate and Obama is president, such a measure is unlikely to pass.
Of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who've arrived at the border since October, only 1,254 had been returned home as of the end of June, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to discuss confidential data.
It's important to note that the Obama administration was anticipating dealing with high numbers of illegal border crossers. In January, the federal government began seeking contractors to help transport them, as noted by former U.S. Rep. Allen West, a retired Army officer: AllenBWest.com.