Earlier this week Governor Bryant wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that his office be informed if the federal government planned to house significant numbers of illegal immigrant children in the state, saying he was against it on the grounds that Mississippi cannot afford it. Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) wrote Obama a letter that said the opposite saying he wanted to help the children immigrants. Thursday, Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance (MIRA) held a press conference acting as advocates for the immigrant children crossing over the borders.
Wednesday, Thompson said that he endorsed housing children in the state, and would be willing to help “facilitate partnerships” between the federal government and local facilities. He said in the letter that he has spoken to a number of “directors of facilities” in the state who have stated that they have space available and they have expressed willingness to house and care for the children.