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Tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America have been released to family or sponsors around the U.S. Between July 1 and 7, more than 30,000 were released to family or sponsors, which includes parents, relatives or family friends, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Regional news outlets are keeping track of how many of them have come into their state.
Rhode Island reported about 119, according to The Associated Press, while Ohio reported 360, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
But Texas has 4,280, or about 13 percent of the children, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), reported Newsmax.
Ten states have more than 1,000 children, and three major immigration hubs — New York, Florida and California — had more than 3,000 each.
Most of the children are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The presidents of all three countries met with President Barack Obama Friday to discuss the issue.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), in the HHS Administration for Children and Families, helps identify these sponsors who undergo background checks, relationship analysis and in some cases a home study.
The children, before being released to sponsors, receive vaccinations and medical screenings, according to the ORR.
But there still remain thousands more in shelters in various states.
One anti-immigration website has tracked the location of these shelters on Google Maps, as well as pinpointed locations that the government is scouting and locations where a shelter has been successfully blocked by the local government and residents.
Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the HSS, told the Springfield News-Sun that the spike is due to a misconception being spread by smugglers.
The smugglers, or coyotes, are telling the families their children will be able to stay in the U.S., Wolfe said.
The Pew Research Center released data that cites a more than 100 percent increase of unaccompanied children under 12 years of age crossing the border in the past year, according to the Springfield News-Sun. A majority of the immigrants are teens, but this year more of the unaccompanied children were aged 12 and younger.