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Groups Push Back Against Branstad on Illegal Children
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A Latino leader is urging Iowans to embrace Central American children who have been coming to the U.S. illegally.
Joe Enriquez Henry, the Iowa Director of the League of United American Citizens says he wants these children welcomed by Iowa families.
He says that Iowans have a responsibility to provide a safe place for these refugees.
The Des Moines Register reports Henry was joined by several groups Tuesday, who strongly oppose Governor Branstad's stance against having Iowa welcome any illegal children.
On Monday, Branstad said he has empathy for them but that he does not want them in Iowa because he feels that would send a message to families that it's okay to send children across the border illegally.
Some groups in the state now say they feel that Branstad is acting with a lack of compassion and that is contrary to Iowa values.