Over 3,000 unaccompanied children risked it all to come to Long Island. They searched for family and a better life. But while their number continues to grow, what will be the burden to Long Island's schools and taxpayers?

News 12 Long Island’ Rich Barrabi examines the issue in a special two-part series, "The New Kids."

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Part 1 - Unaccompanied immigrant children numbers grow on LI:
Thousands of undocumented immigrant children are living on Long Island, and the number continues to grow. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than 3,000 unaccompanied children were released to sponsors on Long Island in 2014.

Part 2 - New immigrant students force school districts to adjust:
The influx of immigrant children on Long Island has provided opportunity, but also uncertainty, for kids, schools and taxpayers.

Numbers and Links:
Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by County

ACF Fact Sheet

ACF Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Homeland Security: Unaccompanied Children at the Southwest Border

About Unaccompanied Children's Services