Florida And Georgia Leaders Await Fed Answers On Undocumented Children

Tens of thousands of children from Central America are pouring over the U.S. border and many of them are coming to Florida.

A new federal report shows Florida is one of four states getting the most children.

That report states more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors so far this year as they wait for deportation hearings.

Florida is one of four states where nearly half of those children have been sent.

One example of people coming to the border is 16 year old mother CBS News interviewed.

She brought her two year old son from El Salvador hoping to get a new chance in the U.S. away from violent gangs.

Extra border guards are watching the Rio Grande in Texas as tens of thousands of children have been illegally entering the U.S.

"And what's quite obvious to me is that there seems to be a tremendous lack of coordination between the federal government and the state level," said Florida State Senator Bill Montford.

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong sent a letter more than a week ago to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services questioning unconfirmed reports of dozens of children being brought by plane to Miami.

Armstrong also cited a news report stating the undocumented children aren't getting basic health screenings before being moved.

So far, the feds haven't answered Armstrong's request for information.

"We've got to have a well coordinated, well developed plan in how we're dealing with this crisis and that's really what it is, it's a crisis," said Montford.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal sent a letter Thursday to President Obama expressing his concerns about over 1100 unaccompanied children coming to Georgia without his knowledge.

In the letter, Deal writes, "It is unconscionable that your administration failed to pick up the phone, e-mail or send a letter to my office to inform us that these children were being sent to our communities."

The children are placed in government shelters and then to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings.

More than 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have crossed into the U.S. since October.


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- New federal data show Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border.

The data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families show those four states account for 46 percent of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.

The U.S. has been grappling with 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. In many cases, the sponsors are the children's parents, other relatives, or a family friend.


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