Unaccompanied minors from Central America continue flight to LI – New York News

Minors from Central America who cross the border into the United States illegally and unaccompanied by an adult continue to come to Long Island in significant numbers, deep into the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.


Together, Nassau and Suffolk counties had received 1,700 of those young migrants from October to July, with two months remaining in the federal fiscal year, according to updated figures from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The “unaccompanied minors,” legally defined as such when they enter the country without adults before turning 18, hail mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. They are housed in shelters contracted by the federal government before they’re placed with relatives and sponsors, as mandated by law.

The resettlement figures so far this fiscal year — with 993 young migrants moving to Suffolk, 707 moving to Nassau and 653 ending up in New York City’s Queens County — are trending below last year’s levels but already surpass the total in each of those jurisdictions for the entire 2015 fiscal year.

Their continuing arrival points to “an enduring phenomenon” of Central American minors seeking harbor in the United States as they flee violence and poverty, said Doris Meissner, senior…

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