Unaccompanied minors flood into city’s immigration court

New York Post – by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein

The humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States is hitting New York, with advocates scrambling to help them avoid deportation.

One advocacy group says it works with 30 new kids a month and expects the number to skyrocket within four months as the child immigrants are released from shelters.

There are 6,000 juvenile cases now in New York Immigration Court, said Claire Thomas, a lawyer working through the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School.  

“Without a lawyer, I don’t know how a kid can do it,” Thomas said.

Hundreds of children are being housed in shelters in Westchester, including at the Children’s Village complex in Dobbs Ferry and at the Lincoln Hall boys school in Somers.

The Department of Health and Human Services said last week that it was reviewing sites for more shelters in New York.

The youths are sent here because they have relatives in the area. They stay until they are released to a sponsor.



2 thoughts on “Unaccompanied minors flood into city’s immigration court

  1. Gee Angel, I guess we just let the illegals cross our Southern border here in Texas and then hand them over to you in NYC, right? Good deal (sarcasm)

    Ugh! What a nightmare….. 🙄

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published.