The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer

A Response to Gov. Deal’s Letter to the President on Unaccompanied Central American Children

Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of the Latin American Association
Credit Latin American Association
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  On July 24, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) sent an angry letter to President Barack Obama, criticizing the administration’s response to the surge in unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico.  In his letter, Deal said he’s been told 1,154 of them are now here in Georgia, and he accused the Obama administration of failing to keep state leaders informed about where the children are, or with whom they are living.  WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Jeffrey Tapia, the executive director of the Latin American Association, which has been providing legal assistance to some of the children as they go through the immigration court process.