Walker: Children could ‘drain the entire system’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks with a reporter during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks with a reporter during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DEERFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he is not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually “drain the entire system.”

Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield. He says he is concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the United States and the cost of dealing with them once they are here.

The Republican governor says if the children aren’t sent home quickly, they will likely blend into communities and “that’s going to have costs and drain the entire system.”

Walker spoke a day after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wisconsin should not be considered a site to temporarily house the children.

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