Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sent a letter to Obama stating he would not allow the federal government to bring illegals into his state.
“To the extent permitted by law, I intend to prohibit the federal government or its agents from housing large numbers of new illegal immigrants in the state of Mississippi,” Bryant wrote.
“Illegal immigration imposes real and substantial costs on the states, and it is unfair to expect the states to bear the costs of a problem created by the federal government’s failure to enforce the law.”
JACKSON — Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data yesterday showing that sponsors in Mississippi received 179 of more than 30,000 such children nationwide from January 1 to July 7.
California, Florida, New York and Texas received the most children in the past half year, accounting for 46 percent of the children released to sponsors.
Gov. Phil Bryant, a longtime opponent of illegal immigration, said it was “troubling” that the federal government was sending children to Mississippi without consulting him, calling the moves “covert immigration practices conducted by an overreaching federal government.”
Bryant, a Republican, wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday demanding that Obama pre-announce plans to send immigrants to Mississippi and saying Mississippi would block transports.
Bryant, who accused Obama of having “lax immigration policies and flagrant disregard for federal immigration law” noted a 2012 executive order he signed that’s meant to bar immigrants living in Mississippi illegally from receiving public benefits. Yesterday, he threatened immediate action against any official who violates that order by giving food stamps, non-emergency medical benefits or welfare payments to the children.
The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance held a news conference yesterday to decry Bryant’s letter, saying Mississippi should welcome children in need and afford them a chance to go through deportation hearings under federal law.
“We’re very concerned about the xenophobia in the letter that was put out by the governor,” said alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler.
Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent his own letter to Obama criticizing Bryant’s stance.
“We have a moral obligation as Americans and as decent human beings to do the right by the kids that have, against the odds, reached our border,” Thompson wrote. “Many Mississippians agree on this — you can count me among them.”
Good for you.
Where is the Georgia Governor in this mess?
great ,every state should do that !!!!
All states should be doing this.
It’s time for Congress, and the president to make a formal declaration of war against the Caliphate known as ISIS. Although they do not have a formal capitol, they have known leadership and a governmental infrastructure.
The threat from this Caliphate is growing daily, and the threat to non-Muslim western (Christian) nations is increasing.
ISIS has mastered the printing of passports and documentation from western countries that allow them to travel freely in Europe and the US. There is no official (US) count as to how many are here in the US, and how many have overstayed visas, both student and tourist.
Our govt is a mess, its agencies do not, and cannot control or even track the number of persons who are in this country illegally. It can logically be assumed that many of the illegals here in the US are part of a Muslim vanguard of sappers and guerilla fighters.
While the Dept of Homeland Security is fumbling around seeking out “domestic terrorists” in the form of US Citizens preparing an insurrection, they should be seeking out those who wish to, and have stated, their desire to destroy the United States, and US citizens.
Our Congress has proven to be ineffective and useless at creating a greater defense of this country. It has allowed and been complicit in the diminishment of our armed forces, intelligence
agencies, and enforcement of US laws.
I believe that there is still a component within our govt that still operates based on US laws. We must identify and align ourselves with these agencies, and urge them to address the threats to this country from ISIS, and other Muslims in this country who threaten our lives, country and families.
I urge anyone reading this, and agreeing with it, to begin a week of contacting, first our elected House members and Senate, our Governors and State Congress members, and especially the candidate you intend to vote for.
We must act soon, or we will be at a tactical disadvantage. The Muslims, ISIS, al Queda etc. are highly motivated to take down this country and conquer our culture. Our border with Mexico is a porous invitation to invaders. Our inept bureaucracies are not up to the task of doing their jobs, and our laws are being ignored by the president, the Justice Dept, the Congress and Federal agencies charged with maintaining domestic security.
Make no mistake, we are at war. We may be lackadaisical, apathetic and slow to react to the threats facing us, but our enemy is not.
We need more governor’s like this!!