Scores of Long Islanders Rally in Huntington Station to Demand Trump Administration Account for Missing Refugee Children

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When news came three weeks ago that hundreds or even thousands of refugee children separated from their families have still not been accounted for, Long Island human rights activists decided to call a rally in Huntington Station. Today, scores of people turned out on Route 110 to add their voices to a national call for accountability. Pilar Moya, who helped publicize the event said “We demand justice for immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.”

An inspector general’s report issued in January 2019 found widespread failures by the administration in providing even the most basic protections for the children that it took into custody. The report cited the absence of a database that recorded the names and identities of children and their parents as among the many deficiencies it identified.

The cold temperature did not discourage the energetic group of protesters.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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