By Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is demanding answers.
Governor Jindal, angry at learning via a website that Louisiana is now housing over 1,000 Central American illegals, has fired off a letter to the Obama administration demanding answers.
He’d like to know, among other things, where the children are:
Jindal wants to know where the children are living, the timeline for determining their ultimate status and whether the federal government plans to kick in dollars for their education and health care. He also wants to know how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided where to place them.
These are legitimate questions. Louisiana schools are starting over the next couple of weeks and presumably these kids will be enrolling in school, some possibly even participating in the “free lunch” program.
Also of specific concern to Governor Jindal is the Louisiana hurricane season which runs from June 1 through November. Here, in Shreveport, Hirsch Coliseum was contacted about housing some of the illegals although it was not an “official” inquiry according to Chris Giordano of the Louisiana State Fair who owns the Hirsch.
What is stunning to me is that Barksdale Air Force Base was contacted about housing these kids. Barksdale’s Global Strike Command has been proposed as a four-star command which raises the profile of the base significantly. It would be most unlikely, given the sensitive nature of the mission and the strategic aircraft on base, that the base would be able to house these kids.
Though Jindal found out about the illegal Louisiana migration via a website, there does seem to be some dispute or confusion about how many there actually are. The website lists 1,071 in Louisiana, but Senator David Vitter contends that there are over 3,000 illegal immigrants in the state.
As Congress flounders then goes on recess, Obama prepares to tackle illegal immigration through executive order. Nothing good can come of this.
Love him or hate him, Rick Perry is right to stand up and attempt to defend the border. Perry has called up his National Guard and vows that other resources are available to him as needed to control the flood of illegals coming into the country. Candy Crowley asked Perry about the cost of deploying the National Guard to the border but in the overall scheme of things, it’s probably a cost well justified. Governor Perry contends that crime has skyrocketed in his state.
Possibly Governor Perry and Governor Jindal need to get together and coordinate a plan to protect both states.
Pat Austin also blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.