Special Update: Introducing the Unaccompanied Alien Children Transparency Act
On September 9, I formally introduced legislation to empower governors and local elected officials to control whether or not the federal government can place unaccompanied minors, who have illegally entered the country, into their communities. H.R. 5409, the “Unaccompanied Alien Children Transparency Act,” will require the federal government to inform states and localities of relocation plans in advance, and will require the federal government to certify to the states that the minors will not pose a health or public safety risk to the community. It will also require the federal government to provide information such as the costs associated with the housing and education of these minors. I had previously announced my plan to introduce the measure in a press conference last week in Hazleton, where I was joined by Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Antonelli and Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea.
The Unaccompanied Alien Children Transparency Act is in response to the flood of illegal immigrants streaming across the United States border with Mexico, which is the predictable result of Obama administration policies that advertise that those who violate U.S. immigration law will not be returned home. Thousands of unaccompanied minors have been transported to communities across America, including 456 in Pennsylvania as of July 31, 2014. In Pennsylvania, those localities include Mechanicsburg, Womelsdorf, Bethlehem, Montgomery County and Philadelphia. Various news reports indicate that some of the unaccompanied minors arriving at the border are carrying infectious diseases, or are affiliated with violent, criminal gangs.