BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP-MODIFIED) – Federal data released Thursday shows New York State is receiving the second most amount of unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border.
The data was published by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and shows New York State 3,347 of the unaccompanied children, behind the 4,280 being sent to Texas. The state receiving the third most amount is Florida, with 3,181.
New York, Texas, Florida, along with California, which is receiving 3,150 unaccompanied children, are receiving 46 percent of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.
The U.S. has been grappling with a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.
Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. In many cases, the sponsors are the children’s parents, other relatives, or a family friend.