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Governor Fallin tours Fort Sill shelter

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FORT SILL, Okla._Governor Mary Fallin toured the DHHS facility on Fort Sill that is currently holding 598 unaccompanied minors.

She has spoken out strongly against the policy since it was announced about three weeks ago. Governor Fallin said she is pleased with how the children are being kept.

She said the boys and girls are separated because they are teenagers. They have clean clothes, shoes, a bed to sleep on. She said they were even playing games, including what she said, ‘The great American game of Twister.’

She is sticking to her guns, saying she still disagrees with Fort Sill housing the immigrants. But what she isn't pleased about, America's open borders.

"You are still going to have all these unaccompanied children flooding across the border. We haven't stopped that yet. It's growing day by day by day as we have seen on national reports. We got to put them somewhere and that's the big concern I have is where does it stop,” said Governor Fallin.

She blames the policies coming out of Washington for the open borders and blames them for the ongoing problem with immigration. She says with ever increasing numbers of immigrant children, security is an issue. She said that DHHS officials have even asked the Lawton Police Department for help with security. With that said, she is proud that we are taking care of these children and treating them humanely.

"I think we have to treat children humanely and we are doing that here on Fort Sill. I am proud of that of what our people have done here. At this point, unless it becomes very overcrowded, which it could, at this point it seems to be sufficient,” said Governor Fallin.

Numbers continue to grow at the facility on Fort Sill. The shelter is expecting 135 more to arrive some time on Friday and officials say they still expect around 1,200 to be at the shelter at some point in the next few months.

Prior to the governor's visit, her likely opponent in the general election, Rush Springs Democrat Joe Dorman criticized the move.

"I absolutely think she is playing politics. I think she is grandstanding at Fort Sill today. She should not be doing that. She should be working to find an answer rather than doing a press op and trying to blame Washington D.C.," said Dorman.

Dorman also said when Fallin was in Congress, she supported a measure that guaranteed certain protections for these children, which was ultimately signed into law by President Bush. He said Fallin should be trying to search for solutions, instead of passing the blame.


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