13 undocumented children in NH
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” state Senate President Charles “Chuck” Morse, R-Salem, said Friday night. “I’m very concerned about it. We have 13 people show up in New Hampshire we don’t even know are here. It’s not right.”
The Office of Refugee Resettlement provides a running list on its website, which can be found at here.
It is updated the first week of each month. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, have had sponsors take in the children. The most, 4,280, are in Texas. Montana has the fewest, with a single child being sent to the Big Sky state, according to the list.
He said the federal government was following a 2008 anti-trafficking law saying children from Central America cannot be deported immediately and compels the federal Department of Health and Human Services to provide the children with shelter and then a sponsor, all without notifying state officials.
“Governor Hassan is glad that the children are safe in the care of family members,” Hinkle said. “As a national issue, the governor believes that Congress should work together to find a bipartisan solution to America’s immigration issues and to ensure that no children are put in a dangerous situation.”
“None” was how much notice Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said he received. “I heard a rumor, that was all.”
Gatsas said he was concerned by the lack of information, partly from a health perspective. He said that when the city is asked to accept refugees, the refugees are given a medical check, including inoculations, so local officials can be sure of no public health risk.
“We don’t know anything about these children,” he said. “We don’t even know where they are.”
Media reports from other states have found similar surprise and anger from state officials.