RICKETTS: Nebraska declining federal request to house migrant children
Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday said Nebraska will not house displaced migrant children as requested by the Biden administration.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday said Nebraska will not house displaced migrant children as requested by the Biden administration.
“President Biden has created an immigration crisis on our border with thousands of unaccompanied migrant children coming to our country without their parents or family,” Ricketts said in a statement. “Right now, the Biden-Harris Administration is contacting states to take these children. Nebraska is declining their request because we are reserving our resources for serving our kids. I do not want our kids harmed as the result of President Biden’s bad policies.”
Ricketts joins Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in rejecting the federal request.
Reynolds called the need to find homes for the children “the president’s problem,” the Associated Press reported.
“This is the president’s problem,” she said. “He’s the one that has opened the border and he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it.”
Ricketts said in his statement he urged the Trump administration to “keep children and families together.”
“The Biden Administration should focus on working with Central American governments to reunite the children with their families in their home countries instead of pursuing the risky strategy of scattering them across the United States,” he said.