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Officials hold hearing on migrant children in NY

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border.

NEW YORK (AP): State officials are holding a public hearing on what to do with thousands of migrant children who have fled violence and poverty in Central America. They entered the United States through the southern border, and many ended up in New York.

Yesterday, state assembly members were scheduled to hear from witnesses including the consul general of El Salvador in Manhattan and organisations that provide shelter, along with legal, medical and social services.

Across the country, immigration officials said about 90,000 youths could face detention and deportation. An estimated 3,000 are in New York state and as many as 7,000 more are expected this year. Some have relatives here.

New York City has formed a task force to tackle what City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called "a humanitarian crisis."