Published Online: June 30, 2014

Grand Island schools find influx of immigrant kids

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A few of the more than 52,000 immigrant children caught crossing U.S. borders alone since October apparently have been reunited with parents or other relatives in Grand Island.

The Grand Island Independent says (http://bit.ly/1k6foCy ) a few unaccompanied minors have been attending local schools for several years, but district Welcome Center coordinator Joanne Garrison says she found an influx after she tallied the number of unaccompanied minors from Central America. There were 51 such children at the end of the school year.

Garrison says that if children fall under the auspices of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, they are required to attend school until age 18. But eventually they must appear before a federal immigration judge to determine whether they will be deported.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com


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