- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says 117 children who immigrated alone to the United States have been placed with families in Delaware.

Markell told state lawmakers in a letter Thursday that his administration is prepared to work with nonprofits to ensure that the children’s basic needs are met.

He says the children may enroll in Delaware schools while awaiting immigration processing.

Markell says providing services will come at a cost for the state, school districts and charities. He says he’s asking federal officials to work with states to cover those costs.

Markell previously said Delaware had no public facilities to accommodate children who migrated alone across the southern U.S. border. In his letter, he says the state is being “called upon to provide for the least of our brothers and sisters.”