Refugee students may lose critical support services that help them adjust to life in the U.S. because federal funds are instead set to be diverted to deal with the surge of unaccompanied children at the border.
The crisis of young unaccompanied migrants could affect another vulnerable population: refugees. Money earmarked to help legal refugees integrate in the U.S. is set to be slashed, and diverted to temporarily housing the immigrant youths.
The Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side is an established hub for refugee resettlement. There are many agencies there, and refugees opt to live nearby. But recently more refugees bypass Chicago altogether and head to the north and northwest suburbs instead.