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1,361 migrant children placed in Tennessee

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TENNESSEE (KNOX NEWS) -- The number of unaccompanied minors placed with sponsors in Tennessee after illegally crossing the U.S. southern border is higher than previously reported, according to new government figures released as the new Republican-led Congress begins its assault on President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

Some 1,361 unaccompanied migrant children from Central America have been released to sponsors in Tennessee over the past 15 months while they awaited immigrant proceedings, according to the new federal data.

Between October 2013 and September 2014, some 1,294 unaccompanied minors were placed with sponsors in Tennessee — significantly higher than the 909 children the government previously reported had been placed in the state during that period. Since last October, another 67 migrant children have been released to sponsors in Tennessee.

“The problem is getting worse, and the proof of that is in their own numbers,” said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah.

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