With scores of unaccompanied children landing in South Florida after streaming this year in unprecedented numbers across the U.S.-Mexican border, the Miami-Dade School Board warned Wednesday that an influx of needy children could create a financial crisis.
Board members agreed at the urging of Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to request more money from the federal government to handle what administrators say is a sudden spike of foreign-born children, including hundreds from violence-torn Honduras. Carvalho said the unexpected enrollment of migrant children is believed to be a part of a surge that the federal government has said will top 60,000 unaccompanied children this year, more than double last year’s number.
“We may be on the verge of a potential crisis,” Carvalho said. “We noticed a spike in the number of children, particularly of Honduran descent — close to 300 of them arriving in a matter of three months.”