Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri July 25, 2014
Hundreds of unaccompanied children placed in Illinois
Speaking today in Urbana, Governor Pat Quinn says he met last week with the federal Health and Human Services secretary about the situation. Quinn says the state will do what it can to help these children, but he wouldn’t specify what that might look like.
“We’re prepared to do what’s right, and I think it is very important that Illinois adhere to that standard when it comes to those who come to us seeking refuge from violence and cruelty, and if they’re children it’s a special obligation.”
The country faces a sharp rise in unaccompanied minors. They're placed at government shelters and as they go through deportation proceedings, they’re released to sponsors, who are often family members.