37K immigrant kids sent to US sponsors in 2014

989 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors in Mass.

Immigration Overload Courts
FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Continuing our coverage of unaccompanied children who came into our country illegally, 22News found out, so far in 2014, more than 37,000 children have been sent to sponsors across the country.

The sponsors care for the children while federal agencies process their immigration cases.

Here in Massachusetts, between January 1st and July 31st, 989 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors, in Connecticut, 394 children, in Rhode Island, 148, and Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont combined have 39 migrant children.

Most children are sent to sponsors in California, Florida, New York and Texas.

To see the complete state-by-state data, click here.

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