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Feds Send 117 Immigrant Children to Del.

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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.

"This is a very fast-moving situation. We're going to be in close touch with the federal government. In the meantime, while these kids are here, we're going to do our best to make sure they're treated compassionately," said Gov. Markell.

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."

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