Gov. Deal Writes Blistering Letter to Pres. Obama
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is enraged that no one from the White House had reportedly informed his office that federal authorities had sent more than 1,100 immigrant children to live with sponsors throughout the state in 2014.
According to the report from the Georgia capitol, the federal agency Office of Refugee Resettlement placed 1,154 children from Central America in the care of sponsors during the first six months of the year — all without allegedly notifying Deal, who found out from other lawmakers who complained of sharp increases in student attendance at schools in their districts.
“This came as a complete shock to me as the governor of this state,” Deal wrote in a statement. “I’m sure it will also shock the local communities around the state where these individuals currently reside. “It is unconscionable that your administration failed to pick up the phone, email or send a letter to my office to inform us that these children were being sent to our communities,” he continued. “These are communities that must provide support to these children and families as they wait the appropriate adjudication of their immigration status.”
According to the Atlanta-based media, no one from the White House has responded to inquiries at the time this story was first reported.
Deal said he learned from state lawmakers in parts of Georgia that they were informed of an inexplicable “surge in school enrollment of children from Central America,” though Deal did not reveal the location of the schools in question.
Read the rest of Gov. Deal’s statement below: