Susan Henner, a White Plains immigration lawyer who also volunteers with New York Law School’s Safe Passage Project, said there are many unanswered questions about the administration’s intentions.
Henner, who has frequently worked with unaccompanied minors, said children from Central America who were stopped at the border have been brought to New York youth facilities for several years.
Those were generally children who had tried to enter the country alone. Most of those children had already separated on their own from their families.
“These kids now are losing the support of their parents,” she said. “A lot of them have suffered trauma already and (the separation) is one more trauma they are going through.”
“If you’re with your parents but held, at least you feel like there’s someone with you —either you’re going to succeed together or you’ll go home together and try to go to some other country together; that worst comes to worst ‘we’re a family, we’ll suffer together,” she said.
You can read the full article here.