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Gov. Mary Fallin Gets Little Guidance From Washington As Oklahoma Houses Immigrant Minors Published: July 14, 2014

It was a Friday in June when Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma, got a call from a reporter and first heard the rumor: Hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children would be sent to Fort Sill, an army post in the southwestern part of the state, according to BuzzFeed.

“A reporter called and asked if we’d heard that we were receiving some of the adolescents in Oklahoma. It was just local gossip around the community,” said Fallin. “I found out through the media. No one called to tell me.”

It wasn’t until the following Tuesday, June 17, that Fallin received her first briefing from the federal government on a conference call with other governors. That Wednesday, about 600 minors arrived at Ft. Sill, Fallin said.

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