Skip to comments.Branstad gets support for opposition to hosting ‘illegal entrants’
Posted on 07/30/2014 3:10:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
VINTON | Gov. Terry Branstad is getting some brickbats from political opponents for his insistence that Iowa shouldnt be playing host to unaccompanied illegal immigrant children, but none of that was evident on the campaign trail Tuesday.
Asked whether the state should welcome the children, Branstad offered his empathy for the illegal entrants along with criticism of the Obama administrations failure to secure the nations borders.
They have also failed to keep us informed, he added, a reference to the federal Department of Health Education and Welfare not telling Iowa that more than 100 children who entered the country illegally have been placed in the state.
The state has not been told who the children are, how old they are, their health status, where they are and who they are with, he said.
The administration has refused to share that information with the governors, he said. Were very disappointed with the lack of transparency and the lack of rule of law.
That seemed to meet with agreement from the more than 40 people who attended his campaign stop at Pizza Ranch in Vinton, which is friendly territory for the governor.
In 2010, Branstad carried Benton County 55-41 percent over incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver four years ago.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Jack Hatch has called for a Coalition of Mercy to welcome the children to Iowa in the tradition of the efforts to resettle Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War.
However, Sen. Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone, who introduced the governor and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in Vinton, said he thinks public opinion is on the governors side.
Based on comments he hears from his constituents, he thinks Iowans want the federal government to enforce the law and send illegal immigrants home.
He also called suggestions to open the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo to house the illegal immigrant children a non-starter.
why don’t we just send them to all democrat districts. harry, we’ll fill the hotel rooms in las vegas for ya.
Why does the Gazette have illegal entrants in quotes? There’s no question that they are illegal entrants. Is the paper trying to suggest that they aren’t?
Gov. Branstad, please call Sen. Grassley. Chuck left the reservation and voted to let out the Senate Democrats’ border bill. He’s undoing some of the good work you are doing. Your Iowa GOP has been getting its act together and its fall looks promising. It doesn’t need distractions from its senior member.
He probably got “the phone call” from 0bama.
Put them on Greyhounds, governor, and have them dropped off in front of the WH.
I know you know that Grassley is a turncoat when it comes to any border integrity. Pioneer, ADM etc., are his puppet masters. Many issues he deserves our support—this one—not so much as his strings are jerked by large corporate sponsors.