Gov. Pence plays role in national immigration debate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The House of Representatives abandoned a vote to address the immigration crisis on Thursday. In the meantime, Indiana Governor Mike Pence continues to take part in the ongoing national debate over the flood of children arriving in the US from Central America.

Two days after sending a letter to President Obama to object to the placement of 245 immigrant children in Indiana without notice, Pence was on Fox News.

“Spiriting people around the country and not informing state governments and local officials about their placement and long term placement with private individuals or institutions is not the answer,” Pence said.

Among those defending the Pence position is GOP Senator Dan Coats.

“You’ve gotta give us some notice on this and we’ve got to work together,” he said.  “We can’t just dump them in a community and say ‘here, put them in your schools, put them in your hospitals, put them in your welfare system.’”

Indiana Democrats went after the governor even though they agree that the state should be informed about immigrant placement.

State Democratic Chairman John Zody says Pence has one motivation.

“Politics. He is trying to raise his profile again for whatever he might want to do here in a couple of years in 2016,” Zody said.

“And this is not an issue that should be a part of his political aspirations,” said state Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary.)  “I mean these are young kids that obviously are looking for a better life.”

For perspective, 24-Hour News 8 talked with Carleen Miller at Exodus Refugee Immmigration.  She says the 245 children are likely in good hands.

“90-some percent of them were united with family members or people they knew,” she said.

However, she warns that more are coming and that notification is important.

“It’s really a crisis when you see little kids coming across by themselves,” Miller said.

Meanwhile, Congress is at a standstill because conservative members of Congress were unwilling to give the President more resources to close the border.

They also want to see 11 million illegal immigrants deported.

That’s in line with Governor Pence’s position that the 245 children placed in Indiana should go back to their home countries.

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