The federal government has not asked Rhode Island to shelter some of the migrant children entering the country by the thousands from Central America. More than 100 are already living in the state.
There are currently 119 kids in Rhode Island. That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These children were not moved here by the federal government, but placed with sponsors, who are family or friends already living in the U.S. The placement has been happening since January. It’s unclear how long the children will be staying.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says there has been no request for sheltering, but the state is making an informal search for suitable places. Connecticut and Massachusetts have been asked.