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Iowa governor says she won’t take in migrant children: ‘This is not our problem; this is the president’s problem’

Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said recently that her state does not have the capacity to house migrant children who have come into the country illegally amid the country’s ongoing immigration crisis, arguing the problem was created by President Biden and so he has the responsibility to fix it.

“We don’t have the facilities. We are not set up to do that,” Reynolds said during an interview with WHO radio on Thursday, during which she announced that she recently turned down a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to house hundreds of the migrant children.

“This is not our problem; this is the president’s problem,” she added defiantly. “He is the one that opened the borders. He needs to be responsible for this, and he needs to stop it.”

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children are currently being held in grim, cage-like Border Patrol facilities along the southern border, oftentimes for longer than is legally permitted. The tragic situation is the result of a worsening crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, as unprecedented numbers of migrants surge into the country illegally expecting lenient treatment under President Joe Biden.

The Biden administration reported last week that more than 170,000 migrants were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in March, the highest monthly total in over a decade, and 70,000 more than were apprehended in February.

In response to the crisis, the overwhelmed Biden administration has been forced to adopt drastic measures, including releasing tens of thousands of adult illegal immigrants directly into the country — potentially without court dates — and setting up makeshift surge facilities for unaccompanied children.

Since the surge facilities for children have garnered the most media attention and public outcry, the administration has given special attention to that issue apparently by asking northern states to help out.

According to the Des Moines Register, in late March, a HHS employee reached out to Iowa’s state government with a request that the state make any of its unoccupied residential child care beds available to migrant children.

But in response, Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia said that “Iowa is not in a position to take unaccompanied minors at this time.”

The Register noted that Iowa Department of Human Services spokesman Matt Highland acknowledged in an email that it “is an incredibly saddening and difficult situation,” but said the decision was due to the state’s limited resources.

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Iowa governor says state trooper who ‘hit’ BLM protester was justified in his actions: He ‘acted appropriately’

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R)
said that the state trooper who was driving her from a state event last week was justified in bumping a Black Lives Matter protester with a vehicle.

The protester, Jaylen Cavil, was blocking the driveway of the business Reynolds and her driver were leaving when the trooper tapped him to move him out of the way. Cavil was unhurt in the incident.

Video footage of the incident shows the protester stepping into the path of the vehicle and stopping just as Reynolds’ SUV taps him.

What are the details?

In a Tuesday news conference, Reynolds addressed the incident.

“I do feel like the driver acted appropriately,” she told reporters at the conference in Urbandale, Iowa.

“As we were leaving the vicinity, the individual sped up and stepped in front of the vehicle intentionally, and you cannot block traffic as we’re leaving an event.”

Reynolds added that Cavil was in the wrong and had “acted inappropriately” in apparently trying to block her from leaving the business.

Cavil himself admitted that he was attempting to prevent Reynolds’ vehicle from leaving. He explained, however, that Reynolds is mischaracterizing the incident and says that he didn’t speed up and step in front of the vehicle.

“It’s not like I went out of my way to jump in front of the vehicle in the way that she explains it or the State Patrol explains it,” he insisted. “I was already standing where the vehicle was driving to.”

Cavil complained that the governor is being given preferential treatment.

“Folks in the state of Iowa should really be concerned about the sheer lack of accountability that we’re seeing and the exceptionalism that we’re giving to Gov. Reynolds,” he said. “Because if it was me or anyone else who was driving a car or riding in a car that struck another person, that car can’t just drive away and everything be fine.”

Gov. Reynolds: SUV driver who hit protester ‘acted appropriately’

What else?

A spokesperson for the Iowa State Patrol said that the department’s investigation found that Cavil intentionally blocked the vehicle, placing himself in front of it, to stop Reynolds from leaving.

“The trooper was operating the vehicle in a safe and prudent manner and in accordance with dignitary protection training,” the spokesperson said. “The trooper driving the vehicle will not be disciplined as he did not violate departmental policies or procedures.”

Cavil and other protesters have been demanding Reynolds sign an executive order restoring voting rights to convicted felons.

Reynolds has
said that she intends to sign the order “by the late summer or early fall,” according to the Des Moines Register.

“The fact that she was riding in a car that struck me and she hasn’t reached out or had anyone from her office reach out just to even have a conversation with me is also pretty troubling and concerning and disheartening, honestly,” Cavill added.