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Catholic Charities of New York Pledges Lawyers To Children Separated From Families At Border

June 28, 2018 - 2:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Catholic Charities of New York plans to reunite children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

On Thursday morning, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Executive Director of Catholic Charities Monsignor Kevin Sullivan toured the organizations intake center in Lower Manhattan and called it an “attempt to bring some light out of darkness.”

Catholic Charities is providing attorneys for 300 immigrant children separated from their families as each child must appear individually in court to begin the reunion process.

Sullivan said the children range in age from 11-months-old to 17-years-old.

“We believe this is a policy that is cruel,” Sullivan announced. “It’s un-biblical, its un-American to separate kids from their families. So, our first commitment is to try to get those children reunited as soon as possible with their families.”

Catholic Charities spokesperson Mario Russell said the process to reunite the children with their families will unfortunately be slow.

“The court system is clogged and the kids arn’t being put all on the docket at the same time,” Russell explained.

Sullivan added that if Catholic Charities had the cooperation of the federal government, the process could be done expeditiously.