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New York State To Offer Assistance To Migrant Kids Separated From Families

June 25, 2018 - 8:11 pm

 NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York state is stepping up to help migrant children still being housed and cared for in the state.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, kids separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border who are still in New York will soon be getting physical and mental health, education, and legal help.

After some prodding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the federal government told him there are nearly 1,300 migrant kids separated from their families at the border who are now in New York state.

But he said there was no way the number could be verified.

"Any assistance that a foster care facility that now has a child needs, the state will provide," Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said that New York will work with officials and other countries to find any of the children’s relatives within the state.

"The state will do whatever it can to help locate a family member who would be willing to be a sponsor for that child," he said.

But Cuomo said that still does not quite amount to reunification, since the children will still be away from their parents.