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Haslam says he was not told of unaccompanied minors

July 26th, 2014 3:58 pm by Chas Sisk, The Tennessean

Haslam says he was not told of unaccompanied minors

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge's farm on July 25. Haslam wrote a letter to President Barack Obama condemning a decision to relocate 760 immigrant children to Tennessee without informing him. (Max Hrenda/Johnson City Press)

Gov. Bill Haslam says in a letter to President Barack Obama that his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied minors in Tennessee.

The Republican governor complains in a letter released Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services did not tell officials in Tennessee directly that unaccompanied immigrant children had been released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.

Instead, they learned of the minors through a posting on the HHS website, a practice that Haslam said was "unacceptable."

"Not only was our state not informed prior to any of the children being brought here, I still have not been contacted and have no information about these individuals or their sponsors other than what was posted on the HHS website and subsequently reported by media," he wrote.

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