Advocates: Immigrant child dispute could hurt GOP

Jul 19, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates for the unaccompanied immigrant children who were placed in Nebraska are warning that Gov. Dave Heineman's recent comments about the situation could hurt the Republican Party's efforts to win Hispanic voters.

The advocates on Friday accused the GOP governor and members of the congressional delegation of politicizing what they described as a humanitarian crisis. As many as 90,000 children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexican border by the end of 2014, and federal officials say more than 200 are in Nebraska.

Heineman and members of the congressional delegation sent a letter to the federal government this week requesting more information about the children's whereabouts. The governor says he wants to ensure that people in the country illegally aren't receiving government benefits, and he voiced concerns about potential health risks.

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