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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Reaching New York

Friday, July 25, 2014

July, 24, 2014 A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States in Mission, Texas (Getty)

The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more expected to reach the state in coming months.

Camille Mackler, director of legal services for the advocacy group, says most are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The coalition's number agrees with statistics released Thursday by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Mackler says most are coming to live with members of their extended families - aunts, uncles, cousins, adults who can take custody - in the greater New York City area, including parts of Westchester and Rockland counties and Long Island.

Advocates plan to help match children with attorneys this weekend in Manhattan.

Tens of thousands of Central American children have arrived at the southern border in recent months.

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kca from NYC

@jcny The documentary titled "Which way home" directed by Rebecca Cammisa, may shine some light on this situation, for you.

Aug. 12 2014 11:24 PM
jcny from NYC

The title says "Unaccompanied Immigrant Children" and yet the picture says "a mother and child." So which is it? This child is accompanied by her mother. Most of the pictures and videos show children being held by women who are clearly the parent or a relative with custody. They also show numerous adult males. Many have thinning or grey hair. They are not "Immigrant children." Why does no one clarify this for us??

Aug. 10 2014 03:35 AM

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