A slew of Republican governors have refused the Biden administration’s requests to send unaccompanied children from the border to their states, but legal experts say they are likely powerless to stop it.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he rejected the Biden administration’s request to “take these children,” while Gov. Kristi Noem declared in a tweet that “South Dakota won’t be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden Administration wants to relocate.” In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds refused a federal request to hold children in emergency influx shelters at state-licensed facilities. As of Tuesday, no facilities have been opened in those three states.