According to data compiled by the city, 466 unaccompanied minors have been detained by ICE in the city and surrounding counties through March of the current federal fiscal year, which began October 1. That’s a massive increase since fiscal year 2016, when just 24 such minors were detained by ICE. The number began growing in fiscal 2017, when 157 such minors were detained — a 544% increase over the year prior. The data is from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, part of the Justice Department, the city said.
That happened at the border, where Eddie was put on a bus, without any family, for a 2,000 mile ride to New York City — ending at a shelter run by Cayuga Centers in East Harlem, which has a contract to care for unaccompanied minor immigrants. The federal government has been treating the separated children as if they arrived unaccompanied, even though they were with parents.