A woman who served two terms as Iowa’s ag secretary is joining those who’re criticizing Terry Branstad for saying none of the unaccompanied children who’ve entered the country illegally should be sent to Iowa. Patt Judge, a Democrat, also served one term as Iowa’s lieutenant governor.

“Iowa has always welcomed people in need,” Judge says, “and whether that is in the form of medical assistance, food assistance or monetary assistance of some type, as individuals, as non-profits, as a state — whatever, I think this deserves a look and not just a closed door.”

Branstad said Monday he has “empathy” for the kids who’ve crossed into the U.S. along the southern border, but bringing them here would send the wrong message about entering the country illegally.