Indiana lawmakers ask about immigrant children

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Dan Coats and Indiana’s seven Republican congressmen have sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking congressional district specific information on the 245 unaccompanied immigrant children in the state.

The letter says the lawmakers want to know where the children are being placed, saying they want to ensure that sponsors are committed to providing a safe and caring environment. The letter also says with school starting, the lawmakers want to make sure local communities have the information they need about the children.

The letter follows comments Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence, also a Republican, asking President Barack Obama to deport the children. Pence said he did not learn about the placement of the children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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