Iowa Gov. Reynolds declines federal request to house migrant children

FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. Gov. Reynolds signed a bill Friday, April 2, 2021, that will make handgun carry permits and background checks on unlicensed sales optional in Iowa. As of July 1, 2021, people can buy handguns from private non-licensed sources such as websites, gun shows and individuals without a permit or background check. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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The governor of Iowa has rejected a federal request to help bail out the Biden administration amid the crisis at the southern border. During an interview on Thursday, Kim Reynolds said she declined a request by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to House around 300 undocumented immigrant children.

Reynolds said she needs to protect the health and safety of her own residents while noting Iowa doesn’t have the proper facilities to house the unaccompanied minors. While criticizing the White House for lack of response to southern border, the governor said the migrant crisis is “the president’s problem.”

“He’s (Joe Biden) the one who opened the borders, he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it,”she stated. “We have kids…we are having trouble placing children right now who are Iowa children that need those foster homes.”

Additionally, 10 Iowa sheriff’s signed a letter to Biden urging him to address the crisis before “our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration.”

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