Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Some Central American Children Crossing Border Now In Arkansas

The federal government says well more than 160 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that were placed with parents, relatives or family friends after crossing the border.

The ORR says from Jan. 1 to July 7 that 166 unaccompanied children were placed with a sponsor in the state. The office says all sponsors undergo background checks and the children are vaccinated and medically cleared before being placed with a sponsor.