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Jun 21, 2014 1:27 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Gov. Brewer speaks out on migrant children crisis

TUCSON - State leaders in Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma lobbed harsh criticism at the federal government's handling of the influx of immigrant children fleeing from Central America.

White House officials cite poverty and violence as contributing factors behind the surge in immigrant children showing up in the United States.

State leaders voiced their criticism of the way the Obama Administration has handled the humanitarian crisis.

While the White House plans to inject millions of dollars into Central American countries to try and stem the flow of illegal immigration, some border states are taking matters into their own hands.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered a surge of patrols along the border by its Department of Public Safety with funding of up to $1.3 million per week.

"Apprehension of unaccompanied minor children in the Rio Grande Valley more than doubled last year, overwhelming federal resources and creating the potential for increased drug trafficking and human smuggling," Perry wrote in a letter explaining the move.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the responsibility rests on the feds.

"We know that there's nothing we can do about it," Brewer said in a press conference Friday afternoon.

"In Arizona we have no money, we certainly don't have those kinds of money but you'll remember that I was the one that took this issue to the Supreme Court and we lost because the court said that the federal government was responsible for the border and immigration."

Fort Sill in Oklahoma is also feeling the strain; up to 1,200 children at any given time are expected to be housed there.

"It puts them in great danger. We've heard stories about death trains where children are so desperate to get to the United States that they're even riding on the tops of the trains, which is very unsafe," said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

"Some are coming by buses, some are coming by walking. Some have paid cartels to bring them here," she said.

Speaker of the House John Boehner also sent a letter to President Obama, demanding the White House send National Guard troops to our country's Southern Border.

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