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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage says that eight unaccompanied children who crossed the nation's border illegally have been placed in Maine.

LePage said Tuesday that he learned the information on a conference call with White House officials on Tuesday, but received no details on where the children are from or where they were placed.

LePage said President Barack Obama has failed to enforce border laws and says Maine can't be a state that "encourages illegal immigration."

Maine has no federal detention facilities.

Susan Roche, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, said she has no details on the specific situation but that unaccompanied children are released to family members in the U.S., if they have them. She says they're often applying for asylum or seeking special immigrant juvenile status.

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