MANHATTAN - Immigration organizations in New York City are joining forces in response to the surge of unaccompanied migrant children coming to the United States from Central America.
The New York Immigration Coalition along with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs announced Wednesday that they will coordinate services and support for the children coming to New York.
Since January 2014, over 47,000 immigrant children have come to the country to flee violence and poverty in Central America. About 3,300 of those children have arrived in New York state.
The number of children arriving in New York is expected to increase. The state is expecting about 7,000 more minors to arrive by the end of the year.
Dr. Alan Shapiro, a senior medical director with the Community Pediatrics Program, sees many migrant children at his clinic in the Bronx. He says they do not represent any health problems or threats to the communities where they are living.
Organizers say that migrant children now make up about 10 percent of the student population and are educated in several New York City schools.