- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina.

They are among more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors nationwide from Jan. 1 through July 7. That’s according to data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s office says federal officials will not provide governors any additional information. That includes details on the children’s ages, where they’re sent in South Carolina or how they arrived.

The U.S. is grappling with a surge in unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.

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Administration for Children and Families report: http://1.usa.gov/1nYpbLB

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