Missouri Receives 121 Unaccompanied Children Found at Border

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/25 2014 07:40PM

Updated 07/25 2014 07:44PM

WASHINGTON D.C. – Federal data released Thursday shows Missouri received 121 unaccompanied children found at the U.S. border this year.

The data was released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and shows a state-by-state list of the total amount of children released to sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.

Within that date range, a total of 30,340 unaccompanied children were sent to sponsors all over the nation. The amount of children per state ranges from the five who were sent to sponsors in Alaska to the 4,280 children sent to Texas.

The children are cared for in shelters around the country until they can be released to sponsors, who care for the child while the immigration case is processed.

A sponsor is typically a parent or relative, and each sponsor must undergo a background check.

A recent surge of unaccompanied children arrive at the U.S. border fleeing from violence in Central America has overwhelmed the government and spotlighted a controversy. Some are calling for asylum for the children, while others seek to send them home.

The unaccompanied child data will be updated the first week of each month.

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