North Dakota officials not aware of any illegal immigrant placements

By Rob Port | North Dakota Bureau

ILLEGAL PLACEMENTS: Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, asked legislative lawyers to confirm whether any illegal immigrants from the southern border crisis had been placed in North Dakota. State officials say they’re not aware of any so far.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Illegal immigrants may be flooding the nation’s southern border, b ut thus far none have been placed in North Dakota.

At the request of state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, Legislative Council inquired about any placements of illegal immigrants in the state.

We contacted representatives of the Attorney General, Adjutant General, and the Department of Human Services regarding the placement of illegal immigrants in North Dakota,” the Legislative Council Rep. Streyle in an email provided to Watchdog. “Representatives of all three agencies stated they are not aware of any illegal immigrants being placed in North Dakota.”

But given the experience other states have had, state officials may not be in the loop on these sort of placements.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, told Watchdog he had “no idea what was going on” before federal officials confirmed placements of illegal immigrants in his state,” although he said “we had some suspicion.”

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said officials in his state were not alerted to the settlement of illegal immigrants there. He said the Obama administration was keeping the placements a secret.

“My worry is the administration doesn’t want people to know what the condition of these place are or how these kids are being treated in detention,” Kirk told Fox News.

Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.