S.C. Governor: No Placement Here for Illegal-alien Kids; State Will Revoke Licenses for Homes That Take Them

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMcaster has ordered his social-services department to stop the Biden Regime from swamping the state’s network of homes for children with unaccompanied illegal-alien minors.

McMaster, a Republican, acted yesterday.

On Thursday, Michael Leach, who runs the state’s Department of Social Services, told McMaster that Biden’s immigration authorities asked whether the state could accept an “unknown number of migrant children from the southern border and place them in South Carolina foster care and group homes licensed by DSS,” a prepared statement from McMaster says.

McMaster blocked Biden’s move because the flood of unaccompanied minors would deplete resources needed for South Carolina kids and might start a China Virus contagion. 

Border agents have apprehended almost 50,000 unaccompanied minors since October, the beginning of the fiscal year. Total apprehensions have topped 550,000.

McMaster’s message: You’re not taking services away from South Carolina kids, Joe.

Mind a Few Thousand Kids?

McMaster moved quickly after Leach disclosed that the Administration for Children and Families, a subsidiary of the federal Health and Human Service Department, contacted his agency on April 1.

 

ACF wanted to “determine potential support resources in the State of South Carolina for placement of unaccompanied minors from the border,” Leach wrote, and requested “copies of group home and foster home policies and regulations.”

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DSS raised concerns with ACF, Leach wrote, about “overall bed capacity, the priority for placement of South Carolina children entering foster care, the length of time unaccompanied minors may reside in a placement, the anticipated challenges in locating family, and any unaccompanied minors ultimately entering the SC foster care system.”

In other words, state authorities can’t simply permit Biden’s leftist immigration authorities to dump their problem on the taxpayers. 

Answered McMaster:

South Carolina’s children must always be given first priority for placement into foster care and the State’s strained resources must be directed to addressing the needs of its children. Allowing the federal government to place an unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our state’s child welfare system for an unspecified length of time is an unacceptable proposition. We’ve been down this road with the federal government before and the state usually ends up “on the hook.” 

Flooding the state with what amount to foreign-born orphans would “strain the State’s capacity for timely and stable placements of South Carolina children who enter the agency’s care,” he wrote.

McMaster Letter

As well: 

The federal government plans to financially incentivize private providers in the short term to the extent that these facilities may prioritize the placement of unaccompanied migrant children over DSS-related placements.

The State may ultimately incur a long-term financial burden if families are not located in a timely manner and the federal government ceases providing direct support for unaccompanied minors.

McMaster’s executive order says accepting illegal-alien kids would “unduly limit” space in homes for South Carolina kids and might harm those already in such homes.

One major concern is the China Virus:

Given the ongoing and evolving public health threats associated with the potential emergence and introduction of additional COVID-19 variants in this State originating from different geographic areas — as well as the migrant crisis occurring at the southern border of the United States and the questionable testing processes, quarantine procedures, and congregate facilities apparently being utilized by the federal government in connection with the same — the undersigned has determined that accepting placements of unaccompanied migrant children entering the United States via the southern border into residential group care facilities or other foster care facilities located in, and licensed by, the State of South Carolina would present a threat of harm to the children in such facilities.

Thus did McMaster order “any and all necessary and appropriate action” to stop Biden from placing illegal-alien kids in the state, including revoking or refusing to renew licenses for any facility that accepts one.

McMcasters Order

Border Crisis

The crisis that Biden created at the border, which he now expects state governments to help resolve, worsens by the day.

Last week, Customs and Border Protection reported that border agents had apprehended 172,331 “migrants” — leftist code for illegal aliens — in the month of March.

The figure is a whopping 70-percent increase over February’s 101,028.

If apprehensions continue at the current rate, more than two million will cross by September 30.

H/T: Legal Insurrection



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Republican Lawmakers in Kansas Revoke Mask Mandate

Kansas lawmakers voted along party lines last week to rescind the state’s coronavirus mask mandate despite a bid by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s attempts to extend it, becoming the latest Republican-led state to refuse to extend or reimpose requirements to wear facial coverings.

After the Kansas state legislature recently approved a law permitting the Legislative Coordinating Council—a legislative standing committee—to revoke executive orders, the panel decided in a 5–2 party-line vote to overturn the mask mandate immediately after Kelly took executive action (pdf) to prolong the protocols.

“There is no worrying spike today, and no circumstances which justify the continued impositions … of the governor’s overreaching statewide mask mandate,” said state House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, a Republican, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Democrats opposed a rollback, arguing that it’s too soon given the emergence of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus mutations and that the outbreak remains a threat.

“It would be a big mistake to go backwards right now,” said state House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, a Democrat, according to the report. “Many states that have reduced some of their restrictions are seeing a COVID tick back upward. We don’t want to do that.”

New daily cases of COVID-19 in Kansas are on a downtrend, according to data from the state health department, falling to 85 on April 1 from 226 on March 22.

In a statement after the council’s vote, Kelly said she was “disappointed that Republican leaders are more motivated by political publicity stunts than working together to protect Kansans and our economy.”

“I know that all of us are ready to get back to normal, but wearing a face-covering will help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors from the new COVID-19 strains that are wreaking havoc in other states,” she said.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a press conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, on March 25, 2018. (John Hanna/AP Photo)

Both the Kansas state House and Senate are GOP-controlled.

With the council’s decision, Kansas joins 18 other states that either revoked or never imposed mask mandates, with governors in Wyoming, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, and Montana all announcing this week they wouldn’t reimpose mask mandates despite emotional pleas from the White House and public health officials not to let up on mitigation measures.

Three weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate in Texas, the state hit a record low for COVID-19 cases.

“Today, the 7-day COVID positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95 percent,” Abbott announced on March 28, adding that hospitalizations also dropped to a 6-month low.

At a White House health briefing last week, both President Joe Biden and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky voiced dire warnings that too many Americans were easing up on COVID-19 protocols.

Walensky said she had a feeling of “impending doom” at the rising cases of COVID-19, while Biden said if that continued, the United States could see a “fourth surge.”

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, now the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes her mask to speak as then-President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and CCP virus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 8, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

To fight against “COVID-19 fatigue,” to persuade people not to ease up on mitigation measures, and to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the Biden administration has teamed up with influencers—including community, religious, and celebrity partners—to keep spreading the word.

Besides urging Americans to get a COVID-19 shot, the coalition of “trusted influencers”—which includes athletes, doctors, business people, and faith-based community leaders—will continue to promote the message that people shouldn’t let up with measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing.

Biden on March 29 pleaded for local authorities to maintain mask mandates.

“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said. “Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And business should require masks as well.”

He also urged Americans to get the vaccine.

The United States, which leads the world in COVID-19 vaccinations, recently surpassed 100 million administered doses, with the CDC announcing on April 1 a record 3.38 million shots in a single day.





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