The Beaver State is one of 17 where 'unaccompanied minors' have been sent to federally funded shelters.

Oregon is one of 17 states receiving children detained at the border, KOIN 6 News has learned.

The news comes shortly after Sen. Jeff Merkley said he didn't know if any children were heading to Oregon, but was working to find out.

After talking to several fathers at the Sheridan Detention Facility, Merkley told KOIN 6, "They in general didn't know where their children were. Virtually, nobody in the group, whether with children or without children, had any form of legal representation."

The other states are Washington, California, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts.

There are more than 100 shelters, all of which are federally funded.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday, June 20, ending the process of separating children from their families after they're detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, question of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.

This story originally appeared on the website of KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.

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