Gov. Deal: ‘Unconscionable’ White House Failed To Pick Up Phone To Tell Us Immigrants Were Being Sent To Georgia

July 25, 2014 11:56 AM " ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Georgia’s governor on Thursday chided the president in a letter for failing to communicate with the governor’s office before sending unaccompanied young migrants to the state.

Gov. Nathan Deal wrote in the letter to President Barack Obama that he was shocked to learn from federal officials this week that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to sponsors — typically a parent or other relative — in Georgia between Jan. 1 and the end of June.

“It is unconscionable that your administration failed to pick up the phone, email or send a letter to my office to inform us that these children were being sent to our communities,” Deal wrote.

His administration learned that some of the young people had been sent to Georgia as part of followup from a conference call this week with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the governor wrote.

More than 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, have crossed into the United States since October, fueling an already intense debate over immigration in Washington and across the nation "

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