CHELSEA, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of Central American children have already been placed with family members in Massachusetts. The number is close to 800 in the past two years, that’s according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Many of these minors have been matched with families in the eastern Massachusetts cities of Lynn, New Bedford and Chelsea. Chelsea has more than 250 new students from Central America in their schools in the past year.
The 22News I-Team went to Chelsea and spoke with their City Manager Jay Ash. Ash said, “They could be your kids, they could be my kids, they’re kids and they’re caught in the middle of something they had nothing to do with and they’re trying to figure out how to live their lives, so we’re struggling with the humanitarian side.”
Ash told 22News they didn’t even realize where they were coming from until the border crisis made national news, they just knew they had a large influx of new students.
This is just a piece of a larger 22News I-Team investigation. Tuesday on 22News at 11:00 p.m., we’ll reveal how Massachusetts is already is dealing with these Central American children and the costs that we already pay to help immigrants in the Commonwealth.