Rep. Tom Suozzi


Rep. Suozzi Visits L.I. Facility Housing Migrant Children

June 25, 2018 - 4:11 pm

SYOSSET, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-New York) on Monday visited the Long Island facility where 10 children who were separated from their parents are housed.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the children are being housed at Mercy First in Syosset. Suozzi said two of the children arrived over the weekend.

“They're in schoolroom settings. They're learning. They’re playing basketball. There’s a woodworking shop. There was no obvious sign of distress,” Suozzi said. “Of course, you know, you don’t see everything, because these kids have been through a trauma.”

Suozzi said eight of the children have had contact with their parents, but there is no word on when they will be reunited.

“The child separation policy was a terrible idea. I’m glad it’s been reversed,” he said. “There are new problems that are emerging because of the haphazard way this is being addressed. We also need to treat people like human beings. We also need to deal with the 11 million-plus people that have been in our country for years – some for decades – and figure out a path to legalize them and regularize them and make them a part of our society, and we need to stop all this yelling and screaming.”