Rep. Suozzi calls for change during visit to southern border

Rep. Tom Suozzi visited the southern border just as a deal was reached to increase troops in three Central American nations to reduce the flood of immigrants flocking to the U.S. border.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2021, 11:48 PM

Updated 1,196 days ago

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Rep. Tom Suozzi visited the southern border just as a deal was reached to increase troops in three Central American nations to reduce the flood of immigrants flocking to the U.S. border.
Suozzi spoke with News 12 Monday, saying, "The system is broken. It's been broken for decades."
Suozzi is calling for a large, Ellis-island style facility to legally process migrants.
"We have to secure the border. We have to show people who come here illegally that there are going to be consequences, they're going to be sent back," says Suozzi. "And we have to treat people like human beings as well."
News of waves of children coming across the border has some Long Island school districts bracing for the influx of students.
The Hempstead School District was one district that was overwhelmed in 2014 when around 1,000 unaccompanied minors suddenly arrived.
"We can assume that we will get a large number of those students coming from the border," says Lamont Johnson, president of the Hempstead School Board.
Data from the office of refugee resettlement shows Suffolk County saw the arrival of 184 unaccompanied minors between October and February — tied for eighth most in the country. Nassau came in 16th with 113 unaccompanied children.
Johnson says he is skeptical about whether today's deal will provide any immediate relief.


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