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For the 40,000 children who travelled thousands of miles without their parents on a harrowing migration to the U.S. from Central America, the goal was typically the same: a home with a parent or relative who had already made the journey.

In many cases, that end point was an additional hundreds of miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and the temporary U.S. government shelters that have been a recent focus for anti-immigration protesters.

Sponsors waiting for the apprehended immigrant children often live in the populous border states of Texas and California. But some also live in the northern-most U.S. states — Maine, Minnesota, even Alaska.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement made public a state-by-state breakdown of where these unaccompanied minors had been released to sponsors, people the agency describes as "typically a parent or relative" who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.

USA TODAY Network mapped where these immigrant children have found temporary homes.

Over 50,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are expected to enroll in U.S. public schools this year. VPC

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