A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald. Governor Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Tuesday federal officials didn't notify the state about the children until after the newspaper alerted state officials. On Monday, Branstad said such children should be returned home and contends Federal officials must improve border security.