Indiana receives 245 children caught at U.S. border

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New federal data show more than 200 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border have been placed with sponsors in Indiana.

More than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors nationally this year through July 7. Data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families show Indiana has received 245 of those.

The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.

Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. The sponsors often are relatives or family friends.

Texas, New York, Florida and California have received the most children.


  • Wow!
    I know this has nothing to do with the story but I knew nothing about the Orphan Train Movement.
  • Get the facts
    @IndyGirl, these kids are primarily from Central American countries, not Mexico as you suggest.
  • Worthless Comment
    How in the heck does soccer even get brought up for this story... Dumb---!
  • Similar to Orphan Train Movement
    Please google Orphan Train Movement. At one time there were 30,000 unaccompanied children in NYC. They came by train and stopped at various cities. People inspected them & "fostered" them. It wasn't the best part of our history. These children were Irish & other European ethnicities. People made fun of them. They lost their culture. Let these children be placed with people who ate willing to open their doors. If Indiana is so conservative, then please, this time, act like Christians. I came to IN as a child not so long ago. My brother and I were the only Hispanic people in our county. I lived in Zionsville about a decade ago and was one of the few minorities. We did wish to go to school without being harassed at such a young age to do drugs or other horrid things.
    Why not send them to Mexico City and let them deal with this problem?
  • Concerned
    @ Indyguy. I am a resident of Indiana. I am in Texas 4 to 5 months a year to maintain my two other businesses and then come back to Indy to maintain the 327 people I employ there. Don't miss the main point of the message I said. The health issue could be a BIG problem all over the country if the states aren't careful.
  • More now!
    How are we going to gradually turn Indiana blue with just 245 illegals? We need more busses and voter registration forms!
  • Welcome Kids
    Our Soccer team should be solid down the road. @KT if you are in Texas please worry about Texas and not Indiana, please.
    • We can afford them
      We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.
    • Concerned
      OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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