Gov’t: Most Migrant Children With Relatives

New data released by the U.S. government and reported by the New York Times indicates that “… the vast majority of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the United States from Central America this year have been released to relatives in states with large established Central American populations, according to federal data…”
The NYT story says that “… a total of 30,340 children have been released to sponsors — primarily parents and other relatives — from the start of the year through July 7, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has overseen the care of the children after they are turned over by Customs and Border Protection. More children have been released in Texas than in any other state, with sponsors there receiving 4,280 children, followed by New York with 3,347. Florida has received 3,181 children and California 3,150. Maryland and Virginia have each also received more than 2,200 children.”
The largest single area for receiving children was Los Angeles. While no state is actually providing legal representation for all children, the California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, noted the Times, “… said this week that she had personally appealed to lawyers in the state to help represent the children in immigration court.”