Letter Sent Requesting Information on Immigrant Children Sent to Nebraska


Gov. Dave Heineman has joined most of Nebraska's congressional delegation in sending a letter to federal officials requesting information about more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been relocated to Nebraska.

The children are among tens of thousands who have crossed into the U.S. illegally and without their parents, coming from Central America. It was confirmed that more than 200 of those children had already been relocated and placed with sponsors or family members in Nebraska.

A letter addressed Monday to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the agency's handling of matter lacks transparency and coordination with states and local governments.

The letter asks that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services be provided with identification and immigration information for the children and their sponsors.

The letter was signed by Gov. Dave Heineman, Sens. Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns, and Reps. Adrian Smith and Lee Terry. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry didn't sign the letter.

In addition to the letter to Burwell, Johanns introduced legislation Monday to require the federal government to notify state officials when unaccompanied minors are placed in their states.

Fischer is cosponsoring the legislation.