Mississippi Gets 179 Children from Border Surge

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Jackson, Miss.

New federal data show Mississippi received 179 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families released a list Thursday showing the breakdown of those released to sponsors from January 1 to July 7.

Texas received the most: 4,280 of the 57,000 total.

The U.S. is grappling with a surge in unaccompanied children from Central America. Many believe they'll be allowed to stay in the U.S.

Children are placed in shelters, then released to sponsors while going through deportation proceedings. Sponsors are often parents, other relatives, or a family friend. Mississippi has no shelters.

Gov. Phil Bryant wrote to President Barack Obama Friday demanding that Obama pre-announce plans to send immigrants to Mississippi, saying Mississippi would block transports.