ORR opens with this (hat tip: Cathy):
When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.
Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order.
They say they have placed 37,477 from January 1-July 31, 2014. Any counties that received more than 50 “children” is listed (click here to see if your county will face school system overload). It is too bad they didn’t list all counties because yours might have received 48 or 49, a number which could still cause a significant impact on a county school budget.
No word about how many children were placed in group-home settings run by resettlement contractors. But, as we learned just a few days ago, it sure looks like the numbers of children in need may have been fabricated.
The top ten states (with illegal alien children numbering over 1,000). Interesting because it seems to mirror what we already know about immigrant-overloaded states. The only big surprise for me was Louisiana. Click here for all of the states.
New York 4,244
New Jersey 1,877
North Carolina 1,429
You gotta laugh! Vermont, which was begging for some of the Central American teens, got a whole three (3) of them!
All of our posts on ‘unaccompanied minors’ are here.