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Tanzanian Scouts Transferred to US Foster Home - 2002-03-28

Four Tanzanian boy scouts will be transferred to a foster home in the midwestern United States after spending nearly eight months in an immigration detention center.

U.S. immigration officials say they were able to find a Swahili-speaking foster family where all four of the youths could stay pending further immigration proceedings.

The scouts, all under 18, walked away without permission from the International Boy Scout Jamboree near Washington in July. The youths later turned themselves in to authorities and they await a final decision on their request to stay in the United States.

An attorney for the youths told the Associated Press that the placement in the foster home was long over due. He has accused immigration officials of holding the boys in an effort to capture relatives that authorities believe are in the United States illegally.

Some information for this report provided by AP.