HHS, citing privacy concerns, would not give information about the girl's condition or how long she may have to stay there.

"In order to protect the privacy and security of the unaccompanied alien children (UAC) referred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS does not identify individual UAC and will not comment on specific cases," the department told the Daily News in an emailed statement. "By law HHS is required to provide care for UAC who are referred by another federal agency. Once in our care we work to put them in immediate contact with parents or family members so they may be united with a suitable sponsor as soon as possible. This is work we've done successfully since 2003 as a result of the competent, hardworking team dedicated to the safety and welfare of each child."

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