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Where are the immigrant children?

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A very controversial story that's getting a lot attention on social media, more than 1,000 children crossing the Mexico border are now staying with sponsored families in Georgia.

This all started after Governor Nathan Deal sent a letter to the president saying he was a very upset Georgia was not notified that 1,154 children were coming to live with a sponsor or relative in Georgia.

In his letter to the president Gov. Deal acknowledges that immigration is a very sensitive topic, especially when it involves children. He's upset because he has not been given any guidance as to how Georgia is supposed to support them; will they need Medicaid, will they be enrolling in school?

He also says not knowing where they are in the state makes it harder for communities to be prepared.

WTOC spoke to state Senator Lester Jackson on Saturday who says right now their locations remain unknown because this is such a controversial issue.

"These sponsors are bringing these children into our state to protect them, to give them adequate housing," said Sen. Jackson (D-GA).  "If their location was given out, it would probably adversely affect their quality of life and it may bring up hate groups to these surroundings."

Georgia is not the only one facing this problem. More than 300 children were sent to live with sponsors or relatives in South Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley recently said it's wrong for the federal government to accept these children without giving the states any information.

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