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Hundreds Of Migrant Children Reportedly Sent To New York City

The city's mayor says the federal government didn't tell him migrant children were being transferred to New York City.
Posted at 1:27 PM, Jun 21, 2018

The federal government has reportedly placed hundreds of migrant children separated from their families in New York City — some 2,000 miles from the Southern border.

The city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, told reporters Wednesday the government hadn't told him the children were being transferred to New York City.

"How is it possible that none of us knew there were 239 kids right here in our own city? How is the federal government holding back that information from the people of this city?" de Blasio asked. 

De Blasio said that since the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" policy, about 350 kids had been brought to New York City and placed in a care facility in Harlem. The governor's office told the New York Times it didn't know how many children were sent to the state.

Separated migrant children have also been sent to at least five other states, including Florida, Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina and Texas.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.