South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem declines request to help house migrant children

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announces on Monday, June 22, 2020, that city and county governments will be able to access federal coronavirus relief funds as she speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELOLAND News) — Governor Kristi Noem announced Wednesday the state of South Dakota will not be taking any “illegal immigrants” who the Biden Administration wants to relocate.

The federal request is asking states to accept migrant children. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts have also denied the request to help house migrant children.

According to the Associated Press, in March, the U.S. government picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border. 

It’s the largest monthly number ever recorded.

In December of 2019, Noem agreed to allow refugees into South Dakota in 2020 under the Trump Administration.

According to American Immigration Council, in 2016, the state had about 5,000 undocumented immigrants, which accounted for 19% of the state’s immigrant population and about 1% of the state’s total population.

Between 2010 and 2014, 3,609 U.S. citizens in South Dakota lived with at least one undocumented family member and 2,485 children were among those living with an undocumented family member.

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