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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin complains about costs of immigrant children

Oklahoman Modified: July 28, 2014 at 11:42 am •  Published: July 28, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.

In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.

Fallin says her office was given no advance notice of a plan by federal officials to use the vacant barracks for U.S. Army troops to house up to 1,200 mostly teenagers from Central America who were caught trying to enter the country illegally.

Fallin asked Obama to provide her with a timeline and strategy for closing the Fort Sill facility.