Indiana lawmakers ask about immigrant children

Immigrant families and children's advocates rally in response to President Barack Obama's statement on the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the United States, outside the Los Angeles Federal building Monday, July 7, 2014. A top Obama administration official says no one, not even children trying to escape violent countries, can illegally enter the United States without eventually facing deportation proceedings. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
Immigrant families and children's advocates rally in response to President Barack Obama's statement on the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the United States, outside the Los Angeles Federal building Monday, July 7, 2014. A top Obama administration official says no one, not even children trying to escape violent countries, can illegally enter the United States without eventually facing deportation proceedings. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Dan Coats and Indiana’s seven Republican congressmen have sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking congressional district specific information on the 245 unaccompanied immigrant children in the state.

The letter says the lawmakers want to know where the children are being placed, saying they want to ensure that sponsors are committed to providing a safe and caring environment. The letter also says with school starting, the lawmakers want to make sure local communities have the information they need about the children.

The letter follows comments Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence, also a Republican, asking President Barack Obama to deport the children. Pence said he did not learn about the placement of the children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports.

 

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