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HHS responds to uproar over undocumented children

Central American children play at the Immigrant Respite Center in McAllen, Texas after their families were released from U.S. immigration officials. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Health and Human Services Department responded last night to the swelling firestorm over the number of undocumented children the agency has been unable to locate, saying that the children in question are "not 'lost.'"

The issue: HHS testified last month that it was unsure of the whereabouts of 1,475 children — out of a survey of 7,000 — who were found alone at the U.S. border and placed with sponsors inside the U.S. (The Washington Post has a helpful explainer.)