Saturday’s tour of a Texas tent city for migrant children crystallized how unknowable their future is and the imperative of finding long-term solutions, said two U.S. representatives from Long Island.
Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) spoke to Newsday after visiting a temporary shelter for more than 300 children, mostly boys over 13, run by a nonprofit, BCFS, for the federal government.
“I think back to when I was 15, I had all the protections my parents were able to provide . . . and my God, what is their future going to be? It’s sad, it’s very emotional,” Rice said.
Said Suozzi: “We have a failed policy in this country . . . that for over 30 years has left us with unsecured borders and 11 million-plus people living underground.”