More than 6,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended by immigration authorities were released into the United States last month, according to new government data.
The first month of this fiscal year, October, saw 6,051 unaccompanied minors — or an average of about 195 a day — released to sponsors living in the U.S., according to figures released this week by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Most sponsors are family members and in the country illegally themselves.
Nearly every state in the union received unaccompanied minors last month — the only states that did not were Vermont, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.
The top five receiving states were California (824), Texas (781), Florida (574), New York (572) and Maryland (471).
Other states with relatively high unaccompanied minor totals last month include Virginia (428), New Jersey (363), Georgia (184), Louisiana (148), Massachusetts (158) North Carolina (166), Tennessee (152) and Alabama (92).