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Pence asks for 'timely and necessary information' from feds on unaccompanied minors

Governor Mike Pence asked the federal government for more timely information on the placement of unaccompanied children in a statement released Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence released a statement Tuesday, July 29, asking the federal government to take immediate action on the issue of unaccompanied minors. 

Almost 60,000 children from South America have crossed the border into the United States without guardians in the last nine months, and about half have been placed with sponsors in the U.S. 

In his statement, Pence asked the government to provide states with “timely and necessary information” instead of updating states on children’s placement once a month. He favors returning unaccompanied children who are undocumented immigrants to their home countries.

“Indiana will be responsible for the costs of education for these unaccompanied children and perhaps other costs related to their health and welfare, and therefore, we require transparency and timely information about their placement in the state,” Pence said in the statement.

Others in Indiana are calling for immigration reform, either by streamlining legal processing of unaccompanied minors or stricter policing of the U.S. southern border.

Full text of Pence’s statement can be found online.


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