The federal government’s placement of 50 unaccompanied minors in Wisconsin has drawn a rebuke from four members of the state legislature. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Republican colleagues, Representatives David Craig, Joel Kleefisch and John Nygren, forwarded the letter on Thursday, after the Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown showing where some of the children have been sent.
“While we understand this situation requires compassion, we believe it is in the best interest of the minors to be relocated near our nation’s southern border, allowing for prompt reunification of families.”
“As elected officials in Wisconsin, we are beyond frustrated that the administration is neglecting its obligation to uphold the law while failing to provide adequate information to state officials.”
“Another concern is that the “temporary” relocation is actually a permanent one that will undoubtedly cause a significant drain on local and state budgets impacting public education and public health systems.”
The specific locations of the children were not disclosed, however the federal government had asked Catholic Charities for assistance if any children were placed in Milwaukee. Also, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin indicated earlier this month that his office had been contacted about any available space. All of the thousands of children intercepted at the U.S. southern border are eventually to receive hearings, which will determine whether they will be deported or allowed to remain in the country.