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SC Governor Blocks Biden Administration From Bringing Unaccompanied Children From Border

Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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childrenSouth Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday that prohibits the federal government from bringing unaccompanied children from the U.S.-Mexico border to South Carolina.

McMaster issued the executive order in response to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration of Children and Families about if the state had resources to place unaccompanied children in the state’s foster care facilities and group homes.

Michael Leach, the head of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, told McMaster about the federal government’s inquiries about taking children from the border and placing them in South Carolina’s foster care and group homes, according to a letter (pdf) dated on April 8.

“South Carolina’s children must always be given first priority for placement into foster care and the State’s strained resources must be directed to addressing the needs of its children,” McMaster stated.

He added: “Allowing the federal government to place an unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our state’s child welfare system for an unspecified length of time is an unacceptable proposition. We’ve been down this road with the federal government before and the state usually ends up ‘on the hook.’”

The Republican governor further stipulated that the “growing humanitarian crisis” along the U.S.-Mexico border needs to be addressed by the White House.

Allowing an influx of minors into the foster care system would place a strain on South Carolina social services’ capacity, his office said.

The federal government’s strategy, McMaster’s office added, will create a plan “to financially incentivize private providers in the short term to the extent that these facilities may prioritize the placement of unaccompanied migrant children over” the placement of South Carolina children. “The State may ultimately incur a long-term financial burden if families are not located in a timely manner and the federal government ceases providing direct support for unaccompanied minors,” according to the release.

According to the letter from Leach, at least “six private providers” have “indicated interest” in placing the unaccompanied children in South Carolina.

Leach’s letter noted that as of April 8, no unaccompanied children have been placed in South Carolina’s foster or group homes.

The executive order comes as a surge of illegal immigrants has amassed along the Southern Border, and as the Biden administration scrambles to find housing for unaccompanied children. So far, 11 facilities have been opened to accommodate the aliens.

As of March 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children in its custody.

Over the weekend, McMaster said he went to Texas to visit National Guardsmen from his state who are stationed there.

“At the border in Del Rio where building of the wall has ceased although the materials have been paid for. That is unacceptable,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of Health and Human Services for comment.

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Linda
Linda
3 years ago

Load them up and send them all to the White House and Democrat politicians homes!

Zeig Heil
Zeig Heil
3 years ago

PTL, the governor realizes that flooding his state with illegals would steal jobs from low income already struggling workers and steal votes for democrats. There’s nothing new to the democrats wickedness. I work for the union and if I don’t pay my dues I don’t receive my pension and I don’t get any work even though the work I get is minimal at best-a few crumbs off the table. The money received from the dues goes directly to the democratic party that doesn’t represent my values!!!

FedUp
FedUp
3 years ago

I seem to recall Pelosi stating during the last unaccompanied children crossing the border crisis that she wished she could take them all. Well, lets make her dream come true. Lets ship ALL the unaccompanied children to Pelosi’s vineyard and let her take complete ownership and responsibility for them. She’s worth $25M so she can afford to pay for all their food, education, housing, and medical expenses. In fact this fulfills two of her dreams. Taking all these children and providing Equity by distributing her wealth to the needy. And why stop with Pelosi. Lets distribute them all across ALL the Democrats who have created and want this crisis.

LivingtheDream
LivingtheDream
3 years ago

We are being overrun by the drug cartels down here in Texas. Our governor needs to stop talking about it and step up, close the border!

Joseph W Milling III
Joseph W Milling III
3 years ago

Always reassuring to hear an intelligent response from the Governor of my great state. I say – deliver the needy to the steps of the White House, where our irresponsible President and incompetent Vice President just might be forced to consider the border situation a crisis. This is a federal problem, not a state problem.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
3 years ago

Add a big room onto the White House.

Independent
Independent
3 years ago

The majority of the illegal border crossings are Spanish-speaking people. The Feds should put out a plea to all S[anish-speaking Nations, asking if they would take in these refugees! Of course, I know the answer but it is a thought.

Robert
Robert
3 years ago

Three Cheers For Gov. Henry McMaster

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

We should start with sending all of the illegals to sanctuary cities. After all of those cities are filled to capacity then we could look to any other cities that might want to take them in. What is going on at the border and the Texas “holding” facility is nothing short of a crime. If President Trump had done this, the “news media” would be all over it. The reason we don’t see our illustrious VP touring down there is because the news media would want to follow and the socialists don’t want the American people to know what is going on. If you don’t believe it do some research. There are people down there now trying to get information and not allowed to. We the people are being sold out. The socialist/democrats are lying, making deals under the table and could care less what the American people think. Just remember, 2022 Is coming. Time for all of us to stand up!

J.R.
J.R.
3 years ago

If Biden, Soros, Obama, Palosi and all the rest of the commies want these people here then THEY should put them up in all of then multiple mantions accros the country that are mostly sitting there empty. And they should pay the bill to feed, clothe, provide medical care, etc. They should NOT be permited to be reimbursed by the government for any of this nor should the put it as a tax deduction of any kind. This would only be a fair sacrifice for them if they feel so strongly about these people.

Barb
Barb
3 years ago

SUGGESTION….EVERY STATE’S GOVERNOR AND DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES SHOULD FOLLOW WHAT SC’S GOVERNOR HAS DONE….NO ROOM IN THE INN.

Betty Garrison
Betty Garrison
3 years ago

Since Biden has stopped construction of the wall, we the people need to put the materials, already on site, to use and FINISH THE WALL. Need more stuff? take up a collection.

Kathy Larzelere
Kathy Larzelere
3 years ago

We would not have this problem if the prohibitions stopping immigrants in Mexico had been left alone. Though not ideal, it was at least a way to have a less chaotic influx. Considering that the majority of people cannot claim “asylum” it would, in effect, slow the line to a trickle. FINISH THE WALL and stop the flood!

Kathy Larzelere
Kathy Larzelere
3 years ago

This is what happens when people don’t think their vote will count so they don’t vote. Biden unraveled everything Trump did without thinking of the consequences. Now we are all going to hve to pay for it, on top of trying to stay well.

Linda Warner Sutton
Linda Warner Sutton
3 years ago

All State leaders should stand up for their citizens first! This whole thing is total insanity on the part of the current administration.

Barry W. Clark
Barry W. Clark
3 years ago

I believe ALL AMERICANS should withhold paying any income taexs – thus, these “democratic commies” would have no money to carry our their agendas of bringing in as many illegals to vote for them come election time.

Miranda DeGroot
Miranda DeGroot
3 years ago

The B/H Administration is a complete joke. Actually, is all around HOME LAND INSECURITY!

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