LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday that about 200 undocumented children have been placed in Nebraska after arriving at the U.S. Border, most of them from Central America.

Johanns said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has verified that a number of months ago, children were placed with families or sponsors in Nebraska, often after turning themselves into the U.S. Border Patrol and released under light supervision while awaiting deportation hearings. He said that number could be higher than 200, since it changes often.

Johanns said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tries to find a place the children can go, such as with relatives or sponsors in Nebraska.