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July 14, 2014 - 7:59 am

Nebraska’s governor said this morning that they’re still trying to figure out who shipped 200 illegal immigrants to his state.

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) recently discovered that the transfer had taken place and notified Gov. Dave Heineman (R).

“No one has been notified — notified us of that,” Heineman told Fox this morning. “So I’ve been on the telephone the last couple of days. The Department of Homeland Security referred me to the secretary of Health and Human Services.”

“We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is, is their sponsor legal, what communities did you send them to?” he said. “Why are they conducting a secret operation essentially, transporting them all over the country and now, we learn, to Nebraska and the federal government won’t tell us what’s going on.”

“Hey, I want to help the president here. He said he wants to return them expeditiously. The only way you’re going to be able to do that is you got to be able to keep track of them. We need to know who they are.”

Today the Nebraska delegation is going to formally request the information, the governor said.

“And then if this bill in Congress comes up for some sort of debate, I hope the Congress will insert language that says governors, mayors, other local elected officials deserve to know when they’re sending these individuals to our states,” Heineman said. “And you’ve already seen this is bipartisan. The governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, good friend, he’s already expressing concerns for his state. It’s going to happen all over America and I’m concerned it’s 200 today. How many is it tomorrow?”

“…Now I want to emphasize, we’re going to treat these kids humanely as long as we have them. But at the end of the day, the president has already said they need to be returned expeditiously. The only way you’re going to do that and why we’re concerned is you got to be able to keep track of them.”

What concerns him most, Heineman said, is the lack of transparency from the federal government.

“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,” he added. “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.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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This part is easy to fix - if Congress had a will to act. Oh, I guess not so easy after all.

I was thinking of a simple law that requires Obama to notify a state’s governor a month in advance of the transport and storage for any length of time of any number of illegal alien “captured” at a border. Failure to notify would freeze all Federal spending until said notification was forthcoming.

Democrats could even join in supporting such a bill if their stated concerns were more real than their slavish support of all things Obama.

Yeah, stated concerns ... more real ...
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Every state is getting some.
Here in Florida, the Feds secretly shipped 16 to a community "elder" center. When the governor found out, he wanted answers. He was obliged by Senator Nelson (D - dimwit) that the "governor should show some heart."

The "elder" center is having a hearing in the next couple weeks to expand to 32 beds.

This administration is making sure that every state can share in the pain, and that every democrat can scold local Republican officials as "heartless."
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Wait a minute. The Federal government is sending illegal alien children (mostly teenagers, mostly male) to live at senior centers in Florida (and probably other states)? What about the seniors those centers are supposed to serve? What about THEIR safety?
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Not sure how it works in other states, but here in Florida, whenever someone wants to build a group home, they always name it a "senior" center. Those are easy to get past bureaucrats and planning boards. Then once ground is broken, the real plan is revealed: drug treatment center, halfway house etc.
In this case, the "senior" center was actually going to open for seniors (like we don't have those in droves in Florida) But then the Feds came along and dangled some money, and viola, the center becomes a 16 bed center for undocumented alien children. Soon to expand to 32 beds. Right in the middle of a single family neighborhood.

Look, the plan is obvious: spread these children all around the country, and whenever someone complains, then the complainer "has no heart." If some LIVs are dumb enough to buy that war on women crap, they will be dumb enough to buy this one, too.
It's not about taking care of the children or solving a problem, it is just about controlling the narrative.
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Silly Governor. Doesn't he realize they need to keep this secret in order to forestall kidnapping attempts? Does he really want to have "Amber Alerts" for these kids? The Feds (bless their hearts!) know this and are already moving to save these kids from child molesters! They are also desperately looking for their relatives! That's why we've been seeing all of the DHS and HHS Public Service Announcements asking family members to step up and claim these little ragamuffins.

Too bad they can't use the kids' names and show them with a paper bag over their head.
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