UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants Wisconsin off the list of places where the federal government is sending unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U-S border. Vos and three other Assembly Republicans wrote to the head of Homeland Security, saying it's better for the minors to be located near the nation's southern border -- so families can be promptly re-united. Vos, G-O-P finance chair John Nygren of Marinette, and fellow Assembly Republicans Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc and Dave Craig of Big Bend signed the letter. They said Wisconsin is a generous state that's willing to help in times of emergency but in their words, "The federal government should not prioritize the needs of others over our own residents."
Vos and the other Republicans said they were "beyond frustrated" that the Obama administration has not given adequate information to state officials -- including the potential for health risks that the immigrants might bring in. And the lawmakers want to know if the children would be classified as refugees, which means they could get state public assistance benefits.
Federal officials have contacted various officials and agencies in Milwaukee and Madison about hosting the immigrants. The A-P said about 50 of them have been placed in the state.