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Fallin slams Obama on immigration, says kids will be financial burden to states

BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World Modified: July 17, 2014 at 10:27 am •  Published: July 17, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin harshly criticized the Obama administration’s immigration policies on Wednesday and said she fears the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America will become a financial burden to the states.

“Many of our public schools are already at capacity and need additional funding,” Fallin said. “Our health-care system is strained as it is. Now, instead of allowing us to address those needs for Oklahomans, President Obama is forcing us to add an unspecified number of illegal immigrants to our public education and public health systems.

“The president is ignoring the very real needs of Oklahomans — and Americans everywhere — so that he can continue a policy of amnesty for families that want to send their children to the United States. Ultimately, it’s American taxpayers who are picking up the tab.”

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