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New York City Being Overwhelmed by Illegal Immigrant Children

With some comparing it to a refugee crisis, New York City, among other areas, is struggling to deal with the explosion of illegal immigrant children brought about by the Obama administration's failed policies.

The fallout is being felt most acutely in places with large immigrant populations, like New York, where newly arrived children and their relatives are flooding community groups, seeking help in fighting deportation orders, getting health care, dealing with the psychological traumas of migration, managing the challenges of family reunification and enrolling in school. “It’s almost like a refugee crisis,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group.

And a lack of cooperation by Federal officials may not be making things any easier. They refuse to "reveal how many children they are holding, how many are being released or where they are being sent". 

Advocacy organizations in the New York region are reporting "a stunning rise in the number of unaccompanied minors seeking help in the past several months," kicking into what many view as an already overwhelmed system.

“We are trying to triage,” said Emma Kreyche, organizing and advocacy coordinator for the group. “I don’t think anyone really knows what the scope of this is and how to see what’s coming down the pike and figure out how to respond.”


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