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  • Unaccompanied Children
    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Does the City of Syracuse have to provide/pay for services for these children?
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pays for and provides all services for children through its network of grantees.
    2. Do these children go to schools in the City School District?
      Children do not attend local schools.
    3. Do these children pose a health risk?
      When children come into the HHS program, they are given a well-child exam and given all needed childhood vaccinations to protect against communicable diseases. They are also screened for tuberculosis, and receive a mental health exam.
    4. Do these children pose a safety risk to the City of Syracuse?
      There has never been a public safety incident at a facility of this kind.
    5. How long will they be here?
      The average stay is less than 35 days.
    6. Will these children be deported?
      Children will be scheduled for hearings before federal immigration judges. These judges will determine if any of these children will receive immigration benefits, or if they should be returned to their countries of origin.
    Mayor Miner's Letter to President Obama - July 17, 2014
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Frequently Asked Questions
    Health and Human Services - Community Frequently Asked Questions
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    Unaccompanied Children's Services Fact Sheet