How undocumented child migrants come to Long Island
Unaccompanied, undocumented child migrants enter the United States every year, and many are residing on Long Island. These children, arriving from Mexico and Central America, undergo a dangerous and often times violent journey just for a chance to live in the U.S. Nassau and Suffolk counties are among the top destinations for child migrants to live; since the beginning of the migrant crisis in 2014, nearly 6,000 unaccompanied minors have come to Long Island.
Once children cross the border, they turn themselves in to border patrol and enter the complicated process of hopefully obtaining legal status in the United States. They are fleeing violence and abuse in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras.