New figures from the federal government show more than 1,300 Central American children have been released to sponsors in Tennessee over the past year after illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, reports Michael Collins.
The latest data shows 1,361 unaccompanied migrant children have been placed with sponsors in Tennessee since October 2013 while they await immigration proceedings.
…The latest figures are included in a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah.
Burwell was responding to a letter that all nine Tennessee Republicans in Congress sent to the administration last summer demanding to know where the minors have been placed and raising other questions, such as what types of vaccinations they have received, what requirements the sponsors must meet to host them and how long they are expected to be in Tennessee. (Note: Post at the time, HERE)
The largest concentration of unaccompanied migrants in Tennessee ended up with sponsors in Davidson County, which had 353. Shelby County was second with 285. Other counties where the children have been placed include Hamilton County, with 166; Sevier, 110; Knox, 89; and Rutherford, 56.