A local medical center that treats undocumented children is seeing a costly surge in patients.
Federal authorities say 63,000 undocumented children have come into the United States across its southern border and have been apprehended since last October. When they arrive in the U.S., these children need help, and several local agencies are struggling to keep up.
Sandra is one of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have come to the U.S. this year. On Monday, the 17-year-old Guatemalan immigrant applied for help at Mary’s Center, a nonprofit social service organization that, in Sandra’s case, is offering health care.
“I feel healthy at this moment, but I need the vaccines, because otherwise I won’t be able to go to school,” Sandra told ABC 7 News in Spanish.