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Governor Heineman Makes a Statement Regarding the Immigration Crisis


Location: Lincoln, NE

Today, Gov. Dave Heineman made this statement regarding the current immigration crisis:

"I will not be intimidated by the liberal, left leaning ACLU. Calling me racist is offensive and I'm not going to comment further on it.

"I will continue to fight for Nebraskans and the State of Nebraska and our right to know the names of the unaccompanied illegal children who are being sent to Nebraska and the names of their sponsors.

"I can't ensure that any illegal individual is not getting federal and state benefits if I don't know who they are and if they are not in our system. I want to know who is going to pay for the education of these unaccompanied alien children that are being sent to Nebraska.

"Public health concerns have been raised about whether those coming into our country are receiving proper health screening to determine if they are carrying infectious diseases. According to a report by ABC News, the director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department has identified a breakdown of the medical screening process and there are reports of sick children. Federal public health officials are convening briefings for states on this issue.

"Even President Obama is stating, "Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back.'"

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