As you know, President Obama has made the outrageous decision to transport a large number of illegal immigrant minors to our military base at Fort Sill. Since that decision was announced, I have been putting relentless pressure on the president to close that facility, send these children home, and end the policies of amnesty which encourage illegal aliens to flood across our southern border.
Today I wrote the president and demanded that he end the secrecy surrounding the facility at Fort Sill, and come clean about what is actually going on there (Read: Fallin to Obama: End the secrecy at Fort Sill facility for illegal immigrants). I asked the president to address each of these reports, all of which run counter to claims his administration has made:
Vastly more than 1200 illegal immigrants have been held at Fort Sill
The majority of the children held at Fort Sill will never be deported and will remain in the United States.
At least 212 illegal immigrant children have already been placed with sponsors in Oklahoma where they are eligible under federal law to attend public school and receive emergency health services
The federal government is NOT going to close the Fort Sill facility after 120 days, contrary to initial reports
As I told the president, if these reports are true (and I believe that they are), than his administration is actively shifting the costs of Washington’s failed immigration policies onto Oklahoma taxpayers. Washington is intentionally placing a greater burden on our already over-burdened education and health care systems. Even worse, the White House appears to have gone to great lengths to distract and confuse the public from discerning the true nature of these policies.
All of this is an outrageous example of a federal government that is out of touch and continuing to push terrible policies on the people of Oklahoma.
Please join the fight to end these policies, end amnesty, and end a system that makes Oklahomans responsible for the education and health care of hundreds of illegal immigrants. Click here to sign the petition and demand that President Obama protect our border and enforce our laws.
Together, we can make a difference, stand up for our state, and send Washington a message that it cannot ignore.
Governor Mary Fallin