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Sick, Traumatized Migrant Children Sent To Chicago-Area Shelters

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Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla. on June 20.

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As the country continues to focus on possible ICE raids on immigrant communities, human services organizations in Illinois are increasingly concerned about the well-being of migrant children arriving at their facilities.

Officials say children are arriving at Chicago-area shelters with chicken pox and fevers. Some are also traumatized from their stay in U.S. Border Patrol facilities, according to a new report from ProPublica Illinois.

The federal government has reportedly continued its practice of separating families at the southern border. At least 15 of the nearly 400 children housed at Chicago-area shelters were separated from their parents.

Morning Shift talks to ProPublica Illinois reporters Duaa Eldeib and Melissa Sanchez for more on this issue.

GUESTS: Duaa Eldeib, reporter at ProPublica Illinois

Melissa Sanchez, reporter at ProPublica Illinois

LEARN MORE: Immigrant Children Sent to Chicago Shelters Are Traumatized and Sick, in Some Instances With Chicken Pox or Tuberculosis (ProPublica Illinois 7/11/19)

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