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Haslam sends letter about minors

The Tennessean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a letter to President Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean, Haslam says in the letter released Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services did not directly tell Tennessee officials that unaccompanied minors had been released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.

Instead, state officials learned of the minors through a posting on the department's website. Haslam said that practice was "unacceptable."

Unaccompanied children have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay. Federal officials say Tennessee has received 760 of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. In many cases, the sponsors are the children's parents, other relatives or a family friend.

"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," Haslam wrote.

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Kika posted on: Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:48 PM

Title: Is every state jumping on the crazy train?

So, does the governor get a letter every time somebody visits a relative from out of town? Why would anyone need to have their privacy invaded like that & expect a knock on the door from some ill-informed bigots saying "hey we hear you got some foreigners here." This whole thing has spiraled into a bunch of knee jerk reactions that show the diseased inner beings of these politicians, many of whom ran for office on the platform of Christian values.

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