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Iowa Immigration Battle Gets Natl. Attention
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - New numbers show there are more than 100 children in Iowa who have entered the country illegally just this year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 122 children were placed with relatives or sponsors throughout the Hawkeye state.
Governor Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa, and says federal officials have not notified the state the children are here.
He says that he wants them to be sent home and wants more security at our borders.
More than 57,000 children have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.
Meanwhile, city leaders in Davenport are publicly butting heads over this very issue.
The mayor there has a plan to make the city a safe haven for children in the country illegally.
Mayor Bill Gluba's "Caring Cities Campaign" would bring up to 200 Central American children who are being detained right now to the Quad Cities.
At least one alderman is speaking out against the mayors plan, saying he will do what he can to stop it.
Bill Edmond says most of the kids are over the age of 14; many wear gang tattoos and are not as innocent as people make them out to be.
But mayor Gluba says, the children need better conditions than what the Border States are providing.
Edmond took his opposition to the national stage on Sunday, appearing on NBCs Meet the Press.
He's not alone either; protesters have also been speaking out against the mayor's plan.
But mayor Gluba says he's not backing down.