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Gov. Reynolds Seeks Congressional Investigation of Late-Night Des Moines Flight of Migrant Children

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

(Radio Iowa) Iowa’s governor is asking for a congressional investigation after unaccompanied migrant children were flown into Iowa without her office being notified.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Tennessee’s governor are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a public hearing about the movement of migrant children into states. Reynolds says a plane carrying unaccompanied minor children landed overnight at the Des Moines Airport in late April, but her office was not notified and it was 20 days before federal officials confirmed 19 children from Long Beach, California were flown to Des Moines and then transported on buses to unite with relatives or local sponsors. A similar scenario unfolded in Knoxville, Tennessee last month. Reynolds and Tennessee’s governor say their experience sows seeds of mistrust and intentionally subverts the will of people for a secure border.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Ross Wilburn says Governor Reynolds is using a fake crisis to divide and distract Iowans from her own record.

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