President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

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Report: NYC Sees Nearly 500% Increase Of Unaccompanied Teens Detained By ICE Since Trump In Office

June 21, 2018 - 8:41 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A growing number of minors crossing the border alone are being detained in New York once they turn 18.

Since President Trump took office, New York City has seen a 500 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied minors detained by ICE, according to a report in the Daily News.

City Officials took notice when those teens suddenly disappeared from school.

Justice Department records show 466 child immigrants have been detained since last October, and as the Daily News reported, many for no other reason than they turned the legal age of 18.

They are moved from foster care settings into secure adult detention centers run by ICE that resemble prisons, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

"It’s important to make sure that people understand that that looks like prison," Eve Stotland, Director of Legal Services at The Door, said of ICE facilities, according to the Daily News. "A young person is in something that looks like foster care one day and then in the next day they’re in something that looks like prison, with adults."

They often remain there for months because sponsors or relatives who may also be in the country illegally are too afraid to claim them.