The border crisis continues to escalate as the Biden administration continues to struggle with the huge waves of illegal aliens crossing the border. Now, the White House has turned to the states, seeking aid in providing temporary housing for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border.
Last week, Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was the first to refuse the administration’s plea for aid.
The Associated Press reports that the governor “said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them ‘is the president’s problem.’”
“This is not our fight. This is not our problem,” Reynolds had said, before continuing that Iowa does not have any temporary facilities to lend to the Department of Housing and Human Services. “This is the president’s problem. He’s the one that has opened the border, and he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it.”
According to Iowa’s Department of Human Services, the state is unable to take care of both local and federal needs owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy’s state.
“This is due to limited resources and administrative concerns. We have an obligation to take care of our children first and absent the resources or a clear and comprehensive plan for federal support, we were unable to accommodate the request,” Iowa’s director of Human Services said in a statement. “We acknowledge this is an incredibly saddening and difficult situation.”
In response, the Democrat leaders brought up Iowa’s history of helping immigrants and said they are disappointed. However, the governor merely said that protecting the health and safety of Iowans is her number one priority.
Left with no other way to take care of the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border, the Biden administration has resorted to flying children across the country to non-border states. The Biden administration has reportedly already opened 11 overflow facilities in border states.