Florida board asks for extra federal funds for migrant children

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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.”

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