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Unaccompanied Alien Children Released to Sponsors by County

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied alien children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.

Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order.

HHS is engaging with state officials to address concerns they may have about the care or impact of unaccompanied alien children in their states, while making sure the children are treated humanely and consistent with the law as they go through immigration court proceedings that will determine whether they will be removed and repatriated, or qualify for some form of relief.

HHS has strong policies in place to ensure the privacy and safety of unaccompanied alien children by maintaining the confidentiality of their personal information. These children may have histories of abuse or may be seeking safety from threats of violence. They may have been trafficked or smuggled. HHS cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity.

The following table shows county-level data for unaccompanied alien children released to sponsors by the counties/county equivalents where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released for FY 2019 (since October 1, 2018) as of April 30, 2019. This data covers 134 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 29,148 of the 38,209 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month.

NOTE: This monthly data reflects all UAC referred from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It does not delineate the subset of UAC referred under the recently enacted Zero Tolerance, 100 percent prosecution of illegal immigration cases. While we understand the interest in detailed breakdowns of this information, our mission has been and remains to provide every minor transferred to HHS, regardless of the circumstances, with quality and age-appropriate care and a speedy and safe release to a sponsor. 

View unaccompanied alien children released to sponsors by state

State County

Total Number of UAC Released  to Sponsors in FY 2019
(through APRIL 2019)

AL Jefferson County 101
AL Marshall County 83
AR Pulaski County 64
AZ Maricopa County 280
CA Alameda County 372
CA Contra Costa County 164
CA Fresno County 125
CA Kern County 54
CA Los Angeles County 1,817
CA Marin County 119
CA Monterey County 77
CA Orange County 175
CA Riverside County 235
CA Sacramento County 92
CA San Bernardino County 115
CA San Diego County 137
CA San Francisco County 173
CA San Joaquin County 73
CA San Mateo County 230
CA Santa Clara County 181
CA Ventura County 73
CO Arapahoe County 92
CO Denver County 54
CT Fairfield County 323
CT New Haven County 61
DE Sussex County 182
FL Broward County 342
FL Collier County 197
FL Duval County 179
FL Hillsborough County 179
FL Lee County 420
FL Manatee County 82
FL Martin County 125
FL Miami-Dade County 983
FL Orange County 281
FL Palm Beach County 965
FL Polk County 56
FL St. Lucie County 61
GA Cherokee County 81
GA Cobb County 128
GA DeKalb County 288
GA Gwinnett County 241
GA Hall County 82
IA Woodbury County 53
IL Cook County 207
IL DuPage County 88
IL Lake County 57
IN Jackson County 60
IN Marion County 190
KS Wyandotte County 86
KY Jefferson County 106
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 198
LA Jefferson Parish 350
LA Lafayette Parish 62
LA Orleans Parish 147
LA St. Tammany Parish 51
MA Bristol County 127
MA Essex County 206
MA Middlesex County 186
MA Suffolk County 192
MD Anne Arundel County 115
MD Baltimore City 347
MD Baltimore County 238
MD Frederick County 75
MD Howard County 72
MD Montgomery County 558
MD Prince George's County 787
MI Kent County 60
MN Hennepin County 62
MN Nobles County 82
MO Jackson County 63
MS Scott County 53
NC Durham County 107
NC Mecklenburg County 405
NC Wake County 157
NE Douglas County 135
NJ Bergen County 231
NJ Camden County 73
NJ Essex County 236
NJ Hudson County 229
NJ Mercer County 294
NJ Middlesex County 104
NJ Monmouth County 57
NJ Morris County 165
NJ Passaic County 96
NJ Union County 425
NV Clark County 129
NY Bronx County 217
NY Kings County 444
NY Nassau County 489
NY Orange County 74
NY Queens County 567
NY Rockland County 170
NY Suffolk County 662
NY Westchester County 190
OH Franklin County 117
OH Hamilton County 222
OH Tuscarawas County 62
OK Oklahoma County 105
OK Tulsa County 113
OR Multnomah County 52
PA Chester County 66
PA Philadelphia County 241
RI Providence County 236
SC Charleston County 59
SC Greenville County 122
SC Horry County 63
SC Lexington County 51
TN Davidson County 399
TN Hamilton County 140
TN Knox County 80
TN Rutherford County 52
TN Shelby County 178
TX Bexar County 172
TX Collin County 70
TX Dallas County 740
TX Denton County 67
TX Galveston County 56
TX Harris County 2,496
TX Montgomery County 92
TX Tarrant County 168
TX Travis County 394
VA Alexandria City 107
VA Arlington County 87
VA Chesterfield County 127
VA Culpeper County 54
VA Fairfax County 669
VA Henrico County 74
VA Loudoun County 103
VA Norfolk City 54
VA Prince William County 205
VA Richmond City 141
VA Roanoke City 51
WA King County 187

See the FY18 county level data
See the FY17 county level data
See the FY16 county level data
See the FY15 county level data
See the FY14 county level data

*For more information, please read ORR’s reunification policy.

Last Reviewed: May 30, 2019