2,205 unaccompanied immigrant children released to Maryland

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A government website indicates that 2,205 unaccompanied minor immigrants were released to sponsors in Maryland between January 1 and July 7, 2014. Only California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia (only by 20 more) received more of the immigrant children.

From the Office of Refugee Resettlement (at HHS) website:

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR cares for the children in shelters around the country until they can be released to a sponsor, typically a parent or relative, who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.

Ensuring that a potential sponsor can safely and appropriately care for the child is a top priority. A background check is conducted on all potential sponsors, and steps are taken to verify a potential sponsor’s identity and relationship to the child. In some cases where concerns are raised, a home study is done.

Before children are released to a sponsor, they receive vaccinations and medical screenings. We do not release any children who have a contagious condition.

Here are the totals by state:

January 1, 2014 to July 7, 2014
STATE # RELEASED
ALABAMA 407
ALASKA 5
ARIZONA 186
ARKANSAS 166
CALIFORNIA 3,150
COLORADO 221
CONNECTICUT 325
DELAWARE 117
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 187
FLORIDA 3,181
GEORGIA 1,154
HAWAII 8
IDAHO 8
ILLINOIS 305
INDIANA 245
IOWA 122
KANSAS 179
KENTUCKY 237
LOUISIANA 1,071
MAINE 8
MARYLAND 2,205
MASSACHUSETTS 773
MICHIGAN 92
MINNESOTA 173
MISSISSIPPI 179
MISSOURI 121
MONTANA 1
NEBRASKA 192
NEVADA 122
NEW HAMPSHIRE 13
NEW JERSEY 1,504
NEW MEXICO 18
NEW YORK 3,347
NORTH CAROLINA 1,191
NORTH DAKOTA 4
OHIO 360
OKLAHOMA 212
OREGON 50
PENNSYLVANIA 386
RHODE ISLAND 119
SOUTH CAROLINA 350
SOUTH DAKOTA 21
TENNESSEE 760
TEXAS  4,280
UTAH 67
VERMONT 3
VIRGIN ISLANDS 4
VIRGINIA 2,234
WASHINGTON 211
WEST VIRGINIA 10
WISCONSIN 50
WYOMING 6
TOTAL 30,340
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