Haslam wants to know who 760 children from border sent to Tennessee without notice

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam wants to know why 760 unaccompanied minors, who crossed the border illegally, were sent to Tennessee without the state being told.

Friday, Haslam sent a letter to President Obama, saying, “Not only was our state not informed prior to any of the children being brought here, I still have not been contacted and have no information about these individuals or their sponsors other than what was posted on the HHS website and subsequently reported by media.”

More than 30,000 minors, with an average age of 15, have been sent to numerous states.

It’s estimated as many as 120,000 more minors could cross the border illegally if the trend continues.

In his letter, Haslam went on to say:

Although solving the border crisis is a federal responsibility, this influx of immigrant children could have a significant impact on state and local governments. Therefore, we strongly believe that the state needs to be informed prior to any additional unaccompanied immigrant children being released in Tennessee, and we also need immediate answers to the following questions:

1. What was the process for determining that these children should be released to sponsors in Tennessee?
2. How did you locate and evaluate the fitness of their sponsors?
3. What medical screenings were the children given prior to their release in Tennessee?
4. What is the official immigration status of these children and their sponsors?
5. In what localities are these children now residing?
6. What are the legal requirements concerning the provision of services for these children while they are in the state?
7. What additional information is available on these children, such as age and health status?
8. How long will these children be in Tennessee?

Click here to see the full letter.


  • Doctor

    Find them, round them up and send them to Washington, DC, This is really going to hurt the poor people in the state. There is only so much money to go around and the poor and hungry will be the ones hurt. The taxpayers will get shafted right after that.

    • 1midtownmike

      Right on…..Obummer wants them here, have them stay on the White House lawn. I’m sure he and Michelle will make excellent hosts. The first lady even has a garden. There won’t be any problem feeding them.

    • ron

      Great Idea. Put them on buses to the white house and drop them off at the front gate and drive off. Then inform them, they have visitors.

    • J

      Well that’s fine. No politician/wall street guru/anyone with clout, money etc etc etc. lives in the real world. They do not live next to people who buy/sell drugs/ kill or whatever. Let illegal immigrants come in, and move next door to your politician you elected? YOUR RICH people avoid that because they can. So they have no clue what is really happening in the USA because they are protected at all costs! YES, it is a fact of life and I might add not one that is earned.

      • Thomas H. Evans

        You are correct, History will show who the worse president in history was, and their initials will GWB, we all know that as well as he does; but it’s people like you who refuse to accept that conclusion.

      • youhavegottobekidding

        I guess if they elect another dicktator communist he might have a chance of just being the 2nd worse, but hopefully people won’t be that stupid to elect another one like him. (not referring to his color, don’t care if he is purple.

    • carla

      so the devil is in the details again Haslem accepts federal money with small Clause he has to accept the immigrants not going to happen send them back we don’t want him we don’t need them employ true blue Americans for jobs. bo has ruined our country..with the Lord’s help we can salvage it with a republican

  • Joe

    1midtownmike, I could not agree more. The State need to redirect them to the White House lawn….unannounced.

  • poolgirl2

    Wrong, wrong, wrong! No state should be responsible for these children unless notified in advance and approval given. Even bigger burden on tax payers, education ( if they even go to school), medical care, and gang-fodder. 15 may be kids in this country, but not in South/Central America. Proper vetting of immigrants has gone by the wayside in this country. In the 1950-60’s, there was mass immigration of Cubans to this country. While many really wanted to become citizens, many are still found in “Little Cuba” areas. In addition, we now have Mexicans and other Spanish-speaking illegal immigrants and Muslims here in droves refusing to embrace our American values. I’m all for legal immigration if a person wants to become American, but not for those who want to bring their long-held hatred of Americans to this country for the purpose of overtaking those already here. Sure, I know Europeans took it from the Indians and brought slaves to this country, but that is PAST and hopefully we have learned our lessons from history and won’t allow it to be repeated. The opportunity for REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM has been lost and now the USA is accepting anyone & everyone whether they want to be a responsible citizen of the USA or not! We had better get off our apathetic, lazy duffs and vote in people who will get control of this situation instead of those warming the seats now! I’m surprised Governor Haslam finally came out of his East/Middle Tennessee cave and woke up. Who nudged him, Senator Cohen?

    • Jakrabt

      If Gov Hassleha had not been so busy waving the tea party flag and plotting against the president with all the other Republicans he might have been included in the planning of these kids. Government did not stop just because the GOP decided to act like children- it works fine without them… even better.

      • Elwood Suggins

        As Sam Cooke sang, Change is gonna come, in 2016. I think you my friend will find out what, You’ll know what is in it when when we pass it really means. Enjoy while you can

      • MikeBarret

        Preach it brother. This is just comeuppance for Haslam fighting Medicaid expansions. When you blow sh*t north you can expect it to roll back sooner or later.

      • Somepeople

        WHAT JAKRABT? are you insane. Since you love this dicktator of a president, they you care for and pay my healthcare premium and all this illegal garbage he is dragging into MY country.

      • youhavegottobekidding

        @ Tell it….you are the one hung up on him being black….I don’t like him because he is a horrible leader. He has made this country worse than it has ever been before, he violates the constitution, he has a god complex, he hates America and the people who work hard. You dead beat loser just like your free check and food….well that’s all about to change. : )


    It sure wasn’t Cohen who contacted Haslam. Cohen, like Obama, would love to have several million of them. They cater to all the ‘special’ groups to solidify their vote for the party. ‘Look what we did for you’.
    People who are to lazy to vote, or vote for someone based on color, or for any reason other than what the candidate stands for, deserve what they end up with.
    Now let’s see how many governors have the guts to start protecting the borders of their own states like the governor of Texas finally did.

    • Jakrabt

      Who do you need protection in TN from? brown-skinned children?? LOL! I got an idea, instead of whining for somebody to come protect you why don’t you stand out there on Stateline Road with your little pea shooter and stand your own ground ;-)

      • Somepeople

        Do you know the disease these illegals bring into this country? We are in fear of people like you trading in our freedom for your free stuff. We are not going to stand for it anymore.

  • Elwood Suggins

    Everyone who is is for these young children to come to this country should step up and take these children into their homes. Give them shelter, food, clothing, and anything they might need. Take them in as foster children, with no pay from the government. Until then, stf up, and don’t tell the rest of us what WE need to do, or tell the rest of us how compassionate we need to be. Now lets see how compassionate you liberals really are.

  • Jakrabt

    Nobody asked anyone to pay for these children nor did anyone ask anyone here to babysit them so you can stop your whining about the brown kids. You wouldn’t have even known about them if you hadn’t read about it. Typical of conserva-baggers to respond to non-issues.

    • Elwood Suggins

      Taxpayers have to pay for all the mentioned. I bet you thought the tooth fairy took care of all the expenses. That explains all the libturd thought process

      • Jakrabt

        Sure didn’t take long for you to whine and scream more about it. And there you were thinking you had a choice where your tax money is spent. Give you some help here- whining online will accomplish nothing but then you might have to put in some work otherwise…

    • Brian

      Non-issue? Just because you’re turning your house into an orphanage out of your own pocket doesn’t give you a shred of right to assume that this is acceptable to normal people.

  • coconcerned

    My issue is the lack of vaccination in other countries thus making things more complicated medically as well as financially. This should’ve been something planned for not dropped in our laps….just saying…

    • Somepeople

      That has always been my complaint and the democrats don’t care what diseases they bring into our country.

  • Tack

    This is BS! We are being forced to take care of illegals! WHEN THEY TRY TO CROSS THE BORDER STOP THEM THERE! Shoot a few! They’ll get the picture!


    I do not need or want anyone’s protection. I said protect the states borders from illegals. Come here legally and you’re welcome here. Otherwise you’re a criminal, which this part of the state has enough of already. Granted, a lot of them hold positions to elected offices :)

  • J

    I don’t care much for Haslam etc but no need to bring up crooked politics. But I wouls also want to know why so many illegal children are crosssing borders. Obama wants what was is 3.6 billion dollars to deal with these illegals? something like that, so the next time you hear your elected official tells you the government is broke? well go figure. stop all illegal immigrants from south america coming into the USA. The USA cannot even take care of it’s own born and breed citizens let alone giving billions of dollars for the care of illegals. When your taxes continue rise and you wonder why? Well go figure again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Face the Facts!!

    May we send them to the White House? It is roomy, only house a family of 4, a grandmother, and a dog. I am very angry that I have to help foot this bill. Before someone yells that I am prejudice or a racist: I am a single black female with a doctoral degree that I worked and paid for, who did not vote for our current president because I took the time to look beyond his skin color to his qualifications!!!


      I guess you have made it now huh?? At the end of the day whether it’s this situation or another you will still have to pay into the system for things you dont approve of and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  • nunya

    you guys are so stupid, bush signed a bill in 2008 called HR3711 this states that children cannot be deported back to their countries immediately, if you have a problem with high influx of illegal children in tn take it up with bush, not Obama.

    • Somepeople

      You are so clueless…. Obie changes or ignores the constitution and laws all the time, not to mention these thing can be changed.

    • Olivia Brooke Jones

      Before you go spouting off nonsense, please educate yourself. Start with DACA. DACA was signed on June 15, 2012 which took effect on August 15, 2012. This is what caused the HUGE migration to The United States of America. Our Government knew this migration was happening and did nothing.

  • Doctor

    And we just about had our v i o l e n t c r i m e under control in Memphis. The ones being brought in will do wonders for the city. We will have lots more news conferences, we will have lots more to spend paying off the immigration attorney who will reap all the benefits. The black community will be moved to the b a c k o f t h e b u s. Schools will be filled with non English speaking children, disease will spread. The horrible employment rates will go up for young black girls and teenagers. The people who pay taxes will get the burden dumped on them. Hospitals and ER rooms will be filled. Scabies and Bed Bugs will be everywhere. Ride the bus, but don’t sit down and rest your head on the seat back……. head lice…… Food banks will need more food or they will give less to more……

  • Terrie

    I just don’t understand!
    Where have all these so called immigrants been all this time?
    Why suddenly is there a need to cross the borders?
    Do they not have government to take care of them?
    Why isn’t bama-head NOT trying to take care of the people in the US first?
    This guy is really an idiot!
    Impeach the fool!

  • Lady Elle

    That’s a good question Governor. I would like to know the answer to that myself. We have a hard enough time as it is taking care of our own children that belong in the state of Tennessee. And now we have some more illegal immigrants we have to foot the bill for? I don’t mean no harm but, they need to send them back where they came from.

  • kristin

    They say because “America is rich, and the immigrants are poor” then it’s OK for them to come here. With that mentality, I guess since I live in a crummy apartment and have no skills- I can just move in to one of the nice houses & help myself to a bed and their fridge, right? After all- HAVE SOME COMPASSION people.

    People need to realize these immigrants are the same people Castro sent over from Cuba when he emptied out his insane asylums and jails after Clinton said “we’re compassionate.. give us your tired, etc”. These immigrants are the unskilled, the stupid, the low class and the contemptible that have all of the tricks our homeless have: sob stories galore and how to ingratiate themselves so they can get free stuff.


    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

    And I’ll say f%ck em!”

  • Olivia Brooke Jones

    Ward of the state or sponsorship that these children are receiving is the fast track to getting their green cards. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status ( look it up, research it) could apply to thousands of these kids or they would fall under DACA ( look it up and research it too.) Out of the two, I would rather they be Special Immigrant Juvenile Status because under this they can’t bring ANY FAMILY over when they become a citizen because they are an orphan. The ones filing under DACA have to wait the five years, pay the fees, and do the classes to become citizens. 90% won’t jump through the hoops to do it. The questions that hasn’t been asked is: If these children have a “sponsor” what judge did this? Where did the court take place? Where is the court order? The “sponsors” don’t have legal authority over their sponsored child/children. Because under the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status they must go through a hearing by a JUDGE in the state where they live. NOT AN IMMIGRATION COURT. So Mr. Haslam, they will be in this state and the State of Tennessee needs to put them in proper proceedings. The legal standard for abuse, neglect, or abandonment is a question of state law and differs from state to state. Tennessee needs to start the proceedings ASAP once a child has been identified. Once again, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OVERSTEPPING ITS AUTHORITY imagine that. The federal government is now placing children in homes. Children who have been either abused, neglected, abandoned, or RAN AWAY FROM HOME. Perhaps these children need to also have a mental evaluation before they are put with the general population.

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