Kansas ranks near middle in number of unaccompanied immigrant children

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WICHITA, Kan. - The immigration crisis and plight of undocumented children crossing the border continue to spark controversy.

On Thursday, the federal government released data showing which states receive the most number of undocumented immigrant minors.

Four states are responsible for receiving 46-percent of the more than 30-thousand unaccompanied children stopped at the U.S./Mexico border this year- New York, Texas, Florida and California.

Kansas ranks right around the middle of the country in number of unaccompanied immigrant children. From January 1, 2014- July 7th, 179 unaccompanied children were placed in Kansas homes.

Twenty four U.S. states had fewer children placed.

Typically, the Office of Refugee Settlement places the children into the homes of sponsors. All sponsors must first go through a background check, including criminal history.

The number of unaccompanied minors stopped at the U.S. border has more than tripled since 2011. The state with the lowest number of accompanied minors is Montana, reporting just one child.

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