During the Biden administration’s immigration crisis, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has declared that the state of South Dakota will not accept any “illegal immigrants.”
“South Dakota won’t be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden Administration wants to relocate. My message to illegal immigrants… call me when you’re an American,” Noem wrote on Wednesday, April 14.
South Dakota won't be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden Administration wants to relocate. My message to illegal immigrants… call me when you're an American.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 14, 2021
Before Noem’s decision, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also signed an executive order preventing the Biden administration from moving unaccompanied minors to the state’s foster families and other services.
“The heartbreaking humanitarian crisis on our border was created by the Biden Administration,” McMaster tweeted on Tuesday.
“Sending unaccompanied migrant children from the border to states like South Carolina only makes the problem worse.” he added.
The heartbreaking humanitarian crisis on our border was created by the Biden Administration. Sending unaccompanied migrant children from the border to states like South Carolina only makes the problem worse. https://t.co/dB5EUOJEyc
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) April 12, 2021
The federal government has asked states to allow refugee children through the border. Governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska have both turned down requests to support housing illegal young migrants, according to Keloland media group
In March, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that 172,000 migrants tried to illegally immigrate from Mexico, the highest number in a single month in 15 years.
Almost 19,000 unaccompanied children moving across the Southern border were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol agents in March, the most ever reported in a single month.
Republican politicians and officials in border regions have consistently chastised the Biden administration’s refugee strategy and handling of immigrants in detention centers.
The Biden administration is also experiencing legal challenges over its plans, such as litigation filed this week by Texas and Missouri over terminating the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, which kept refugees in Mexico while they awaited hearings.
In the suit, Texas and Missouri claim that the effects of illegal immigrants do not end at the Mexican border. The added expenses of lodging, teaching, offering health services, and other social care for trafficked persons or undocumented immigrants have triggered “irreparable injury” in Texas.