Ohio takes only small percent of unaccompanied minors

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal data shows Ohio has taken in slightly over 1 percent of more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors who fled from poverty and violence in Central America.

Federal authorities have placed the minors with sponsors around the country since fall 2013. They are expected to go to school while waiting to see if they will be allowed to stay in the United States.

Minor Yeser Escalante (YEHS’-ur ehs-cah-LAHNT’-ay) arrived in Butler County three years ago from Guatemala. He now speaks English and is grateful for his schooling.

Escalante says he hasn’t encountered any major hurdles in school. But educators and migrant advocates say a rapid influx of students who don’t speak English can create challenges for students and schools.

The largest concentrations of minors in Ohio are in Hamilton, Franklin and Tuscarawas counties.