119 unaccompanied children placed with sponsors

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The federal government says that over 100 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in Rhode Island this year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday that 119 children who arrived at the southern border illegally were united with sponsors in the state between Jan. 1 and July 7. Sponsors are usually parents, relatives or family friends.         

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said he hasn’t been contacted by any federal agency regarding housing for groups of unaccompanied minors and that the need to find large facilities for them has dissipated. The U.S. has been grappling with a surge in the number of children arriving at the border alone.

A Chafee spokeswoman couldn’t immediately say whether the governor had been alerted to the placements with sponsors.

(C) The Associated Press 2014