Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

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Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

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At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said.

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