ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year.
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U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, is leading efforts to bring to the state more unaccompanied children who’ve fled Central America for the U.S. Ellison says Minnesota is as well-equipped as any other state to handle the children.
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