So far this fiscal year, the government has identified more than 29,000 unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S., up from 24,668 the year before and 13,625 the year before that. The government is projecting 60,000 this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.
The government doesn’t keep state-by-state statistics, so it is unknown how many are ending up in Georgia. But local immigration attorneys say they have noticed a substantial increase in Georgia since last year. There were an estimated 400,000 immigrants of all ages living without legal status in Georgia in January 2012, according to a Homeland Security Department report released this year.