Map: See where immigrant kids find temporary shelter

Map: See where immigrant kids find temporary shelter

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A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

by Laura Mandaro, USA TODAY Network

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

For the 40,000 children who travelled thousands of miles without their parents on a harrowing migration to the U.S. from Central America, the goal was typically the same: a home with a parent or relative who had already made the journey.

In many cases, that end point was an additional hundreds of miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and the temporary U.S. government shelters that have been a recent focus for anti-immigration protesters.

Sponsors waiting for the apprehended immigrant children often live in the populous border states of Texas and California. But some also live in the northern-most U.S. states — Maine, Minnesota, even Alaska.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement made public a state-by-state breakdown of where these unaccompanied minors had been released to sponsors, people the agency describes as "typically a parent or relative" who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.

USA TODAY Network mapped where these immigrant children have found temporary homes.

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