Bill would require report on number of child migrants

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) has introduced a bill that would require the Obama administration to report on the number of unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. and how many are showing up for hearings.

Terry's bill would direct the Attorney General, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to report to Congress on the number of child migrants.

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Terry said the issue came to his attention when his staff was told during a briefing with DHS that about 200 minors from Central America were transferred to Nebraska. However, DHS could not state the whereabouts of the children.

The Nebraska Republican said his bill would promote transparency about the influx of child migrants crossing the border.

"If the president is going to ask me to vote to spend nearly $4 billion taxpayer dollars to fix a crisis he caused, he and his administration need to level with the American people and tell us if these children are being sent into our communities," Terry said.