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Migrant children in New York face a day-to-day struggle

NEW YORK –– By 7:30 most weekday mornings, hundreds of children driven in unmarked cars and vans from foster homes across New York City start to arrive at the hulking yellow-brick building in East Harlem.

The latest stop on a journey that took them from Central America to the United States now sends them past a police barricade and commuter trains into the six-story building, where a large poster of the Statue of Liberty beckons them up a shabby staircase.

In classrooms they take English lessons, watch movies and struggle to understand lawyers trying to reunite them with parents who have been deported or remain in immigration detention facilities thousands of miles away.

By evening, the children are back with their guardians, often Dominican or Puerto Rican foster

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