The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, responding to numerous media inquiries, congressional probing, and demands from Governors across the nation has released a listing of how many unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been released to sponsors for all 50 states and US territories.
From the start of this year through July 7th 30,340 illegal immigrant minors, most crossing into the US along the Rio Grande valley in Texas from Central America, have been handed over to the custody of a parent, relative, or family friend already in the US.
More than 3,000 of these unaccompanied minors were sent to Florida, New York, and California each.
Maryland and Virgina each have over 2,000.
Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey each have more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors in the care of sponsors in those states.
Texas which has taken the brunt of the influx of nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors since October of last year is also the leader when it comes to how many minors have been released to a sponsor with more than 4,000.
My home state of Illinois, which has at least 748 illegal immigrant minors being sheltered in the city of Chicago alone according to Sen. Mark Kirk, also has 300 more who have been released to a sponsor.
As reported yesterday Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is upset that 138 unaccompanied minors were released to sponsors in his state without his knowledge.
To try and stop the flow of even more illegals into the country Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced he is calling up the National Guard to assist Texas law enforcement and the Border Patrol deal with the nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants coming into Texas on a daily basis. However, Breitbart is reporting that those Guardsmen won't be deployed for 30-45 days.
House Republican leaders are in the final stages of crafting a response to the border crisis and it is likely to include a call for the National Guard to be deployed along with making adjustments to a 2008 law that is letting many of these children remain in the country in addition to bringing in more immigration judges to handle to overflow of cases.
Initially the Obama administration via WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that the privacy rights of the illegal immigrants trumped Congress and the publics right to know where these illegals where after being detained and processed by the Border Patrol. That is thankfully changing as evidenced by this listing from HHS and a vow from it that this list will be updated on a monthly basis.
To see how many unaccompanied minors have been released to a sponsor in your state just look at the following table.
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