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Politicians Continue Efforts To Help Separated Children Living In New York

June 23, 2018 - 5:40 pm

YONKERS, N.Y.  (WCBS 880) -- New York politicians are continuing efforts to calculate the exact number of immigrant children currently living in the state, but still have made no progress.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th) says they know at least 2,300 children were separated from their families at the border, but have heard mixed information about the exact number of them living in New York State.

“I’ve heard different numbers, as few as 70 and as many as several hundred,” Maloney said. “It’s one of the reasons why we’d like to find out for ourselves exactly what’s going on.”

On Saturday, he attempted to enter Rising Ground, a foster care facility in Yonkers, but was turned away at the door and told to come back in two weeks.

However, Maloney said two weeks may be too late. By then, it’s possible that many of the children’s parents could already be deported and they may be left behind.

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-16th) has also taken measures to help separated children by introducing legislation that would require the state department to work with embassies in Central America to reunite these families immediately.