- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government says that four unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed with sponsors in North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday that more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors around the country this year through July 7.

The report shows that 173 children were placed in Minnesota, 21 in South Dakota, and one in Montana.

Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors who usually are relatives or family friends.

More than 57,000 minors have crossed into the United States since October. Most of them are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala