By Larry McShane, Emilie Ruscoe, and Khadija Hussain
City officials braced Friday for a new surge of migrant children coming to the city from the Mexican border — even as 100 were already reunited with their parents.
Local politicians were told “there will be a growing number of unaccompanied minors coming in,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) at a Harlem news conference.
“Anywhere where these children are … we’re going to be helping them,” he continued. “Maybe God sent them our way because we have a strong network of foster-care services. And we’re going to do the best we can as a city to send them back to their families as soon as possible.”
There have already been 100 children returned to their families since arriving at the Cayuga Centers facilities in Harlem, according to officials. Some politicians suggested a 20-day cap for releasing the kids back to the custody of their moms and dads.
Espaillat was joined by City Controller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Leticia James, City Councilmember Mark Levine and state Assembly member Carmen De La Rosa.
“Trump’s immigration debate is a stain on America,” said Stringer. “But it’s clear from this meeting that it’s not going to be a stain on this city.”
At an earlier rally in the Bronx, an assortment of speakers — politicians, religious leaders and local activists — ripped into the administration’s divisive policy.
“It’s hard to say what I really feel because I would have to take to take off my (clerical) collar,” said Bishop Angelo Rosario, head of the Bronx Clergy Task Force. “(Trump) is possessed. He needs to be delivered.”