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Map: See where immigrant kids find temporary shelter
For the 40,000 children who travelled thousands of miles without their parents on a harrowing migration to the U.S. from Central America, the goal was typically the same: a home with a parent or relative who had already made the journey.
In many cases, that end point was an additional hundreds of miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and the temporary U.S. government shelters that have been a recent focus for anti-immigration protesters.
Sponsors waiting for the apprehended immigrant children often live in the populous border states of Texas and California. But some also live in the northern-most U.S. states — Maine, Minnesota, even Alaska.
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement made public a state-by-state breakdown of where these unaccompanied minors had been released to sponsors, people the agency describes as "typically a parent or relative" who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.
USA TODAY Network mapped where these immigrant children have found temporary homes.
Over 50,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are expected to enroll in U.S. public schools this year.
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00:02 Over 50000 unaccompanied immigrant children are in the US. All
00:07 are expected to enroll in public schools this year. Unaccompanied minors
00:11 crossed the US Mexican border in record numbers over the past
00:15 year instead of being deported. They are placed in the care
00:18 of sponsors and spread out to just about every state Texas
00:22 topped the list. Federal law entitles all children to a free
00:26 public education regardless of their immigration status. Migrant students in public
00:32 schools is nothing new. But some school districts say they don't
00:36 know what to expect in such a large numbers of these
00:39 new immigrant children are here without parents. Some school districts had
00:44 even set up special schools academic enrolled students everything that. In
00:49 Houston the last America's newcomers school and liberty high school cater
00:53 to immigrant students meet. This is their country we've yeah. Legal
00:57 paternity is then there's this country doesn't have room for everybody.
01:02 The children will remain enrolled as students and US schools as
01:05 their deportation cases. Play out an immigration court.
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