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Where Are They Now? The Top States Where Border Kids Are Released

Where Are They Now? The Top States Where Border Kids Are Released

Since October, over 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border into the United States, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The children claim asylum after they are detained by government officials. After a sponsor in the United States claims responsibility for a child, they earn their release with court summons to an immigration court to determine whether they qualify for asylum. 

According to a Reuters report, a case takes three to five years to clear the system as immigration courts have a backlog of 375,373 cases. 

So where are these released children awaiting their court date? According to the HHS Administration for Children and Families, over 30,000 children have been released in the following states (and the District of Columbia) from January 1 – July 7 in 2014.

1

TEXAS

4,280

2

NEW YORK

3,347

3

FLORIDA

3,181

4

CALIFORNIA

3,150

5

VIRGINIA

2,234

6

MARYLAND

2,205

7

NEW JERSEY

1,504

8

NORTH CAROLINA

1,191

9

GEORGIA

1,154

10

LOUISIANA

1,071

11

MASSACHUSETTS

773

12

TENNESSEE

760

13

ALABAMA

407

14

PENNSYLVANIA

386

15

OHIO

360

16

SOUTH CAROLINA

350

17

CONNECTICUT

325

18

ILLINOIS

305

19

INDIANA

245

20

KENTUCKY

237

21

COLORADO

221

22

OKLAHOMA

212

23

WASHINGTON

211

24

NEBRASKA

192

25

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

187

26

ARIZONA

186

27

KANSAS

179

28

MISSISSIPPI

179

29

MINNESOTA

173

30

ARKANSAS

166

31

IOWA

122

32

NEVADA

122

33

MISSOURI

121

34

RHODE ISLAND

119

35

DELAWARE

117

36

MICHIGAN

92

37

UTAH

67

38

OREGON

50

39

WISCONSIN

50

40

SOUTH DAKOTA 

21

41

NEW MEXICO

18

42

NEW HAMPSHIRE

13

43

WEST VIRGINIA

10

44

HAWAII

8

45

IDAHO

8

46

MAINE

8

47

WYOMING

6

48

ALASKA

5

49

NORTH DAKOTA

4

50

VIRGIN ISLANDS

4

51

VERMONT

3

52

MONTANA

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