58 unaccompanied immigrant children placed in Norfolk

In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, federal police and immigration vehicles patrol near the railroad tracks as a northbound freight train departs from Arriaga, Mexico. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as "The Beast," that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north. When the authorities come, the migrants who once circulated openly in shelters and boarded the cars as they were being attached to the locomotive, are forced to hide in the woods, where criminals lurk. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has released data about unaccompanied immigrant children recently placed with caretakers, including a number in Norfolk.

The ORR said 58 unaccompanied children were released to sponsors in Norfolk between January 1 and July 31 of this year.

Immigrant children who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are taken into custody by immigration authorities, and put under the care of the ORR. According to federal law, the ORR then has to either keep caring for the children or find a sponsor to care for them while they go through immigration proceedings. Many times the kids are put with family members who are already living in the U.S.

Since January 1, a total of 137,477 children have been released to sponsors nationwide.

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