COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Members of the South Carolina delegation, led by Congressman Mick Mulvaney, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services seeking answers about the placement of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who have entered our country illegally:
â??We know DHS and HHS track this information but few specifics have emerged,â?? said Congressman Mulvaney (SC-05). â?? There have been reports that some of the children who are entering our country illegally are being sent to South Carolina. My colleagues and I would like to know the specifics of how many children are being sent to South Carolina and where they are being housed.â??
â??The surge of unaccompanied children at our southern border is a crisis,â?? said Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07). â??Children are risking their lives to reach our border, only to wait for their deportation cases to be processed. The Administration must stop disseminating inaccurate information about our countryâ??s immigration policies and start providing states with proper notice on how this crisis will impact their respective populations. I look forward to hearing the Administrationâ??s answers to our questions.â??
"I am extremely concerned that my officeâ??s repeated attempts to request data about any and all placements in South Carolina was consistently met with misleading information,â?? said Senator Scott (R-SC). â??Throughout this process, we have continually been told by various Obama Administration agencies that no unaccompanied minors had been placed in South Carolina and that no plans existed to start those placements. Clearly that information was wrong, and the administration must provide us the truth in answering todayâ??s letter.â??
"The current humanitarian crisis is a result of the Administration's failure to enforce our immigration laws and secure our border,â?? said Congressman Wilson (SC-02). â??By refusing to address the lack of communication between governments in Central America and our own, the President is essentially breaking up families, putting children at risk of abuse and exploitation, and inappropriately mandating that taxpayers foot the bill for those who have ignored our laws. At a very minimum, the federal government should notify South Carolina families when unaccompanied alien children are transported to locations within the Palmetto State."