Jun 22, 2018, 5:21 pm

Facility in Syosset finds itself in the middle of immigration fight

Human service agency accepts 8 children separated from families


SYOSSET — MercyFirst is a not-for-profit human service agency, helping families and children who have been traumatized, and they say that they've received an overwhelming amount of support of children in their care. Reportedly, eight children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border were brought to the center and have been staying in Syosset for a month.

On Friday, protesters stood outside of the non-profit, concerned about the well-being of the children.

"Immigrants have rights too, and we should not have treated people this way," says activist Kat Sullivan. "The argument is not whether it's nice people taking care of these children. Is this a facility that enabled the process of separating children?"

President Donald Trump signed an executive order earlier this week that would keep detained immigrant families together, but questions remain the future and how those who have already been separated will be reunited.

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