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21 unaccompanied children placed with SD sponsors

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list Thursday showing the total number of children who arrived at the southern border illegally and were united with sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7. Texas, New York, Florida and California received the most children.

The U.S. has been grappling with a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving on the border from Central America fleeing violence.

Children caught at the U.S. border are placed in government shelters and then reunited with sponsors, who are usually parents, relatives or family friends. The children are then placed in deportation proceedings.