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Which states are housing the young undocumented immigrants — in 3 maps

The influx of unaccompanied and undocumented minors across the southern border of the United States has prompted frustration on Capitol Hill, anger in the Southwest, and empathy from -- and problems for --- governors.

Many of the children who have arrived in the United States have been released by the government to sponsors across the country. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released data showing precisely where those children were sent.

By state

And here are the precise numbers, by state. As with all of the interactive maps below, darker colors indicate large numbers (higher populations).

Unsurprisingly, more children were sent to states with larger populations. The most children went to homes in Texas, but every state is now home to at least one. (Literally. One kid was sent to Montana.)

Latin American population

HHS notes that they "try to release the child with a parent, and if that is not possible, with a relative, and if that is not possible, with a family friend." (In order to assuage concerns, they also note in bold type that "children are vaccinated and medically screened" prior to release.) As a result, children have gone more heavily to states with larger populations from Latin America, as the AP notes. The map above shows the Latin American population of the states, according to the Census Bureau.

But the release of children doesn't correlate one-to-one with Latin American population.

Louisiana has accepted about 11 children for every 1,000 residents who are from Latin America. In Texas, that figure is about 1.4.

Not all of the minors have been released, of course. If the government can't find a suitable sponsor, a child is held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement until he or she leaves, is deported or receives legal relief. Or: If the child turns 18.

Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He is based in New York City.



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