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Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rushed to open large sites to house...
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rushed to open large sites to house migrant children across the Southwest amid a sharp increase in crossings of unaccompanied youths at the southern border.(Source: POOL, UCBP via CNN)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:59 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them “is the president’s problem.”

Reynolds told WHO radio on Tuesday that her priority is the health and safety of Iowans and that the state doesn’t have facilities to house migrant children for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Reynolds’ stand on accepting immigrant children contrasts with her willingness to accept refugees coming into the United States in 2019 when then-President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving states the right to refuse to take refugees.

Reynolds was among more than 30 governors who said they would.

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