3,300 Illegal Unaccompanied Children Reaching NY

ALBANY (AP) -

Nearly 3,300 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more expected to reach the state in coming months, the New York Immigration Coalition says.

Camille Mackler, director of legal services for the advocacy group, says most are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and are coming to live with members of their extended families in the greater New York City area, including parts of Westchester, Rockland and Long Island.

Advocates plan to help match children with attorneys this weekend in Manhattan.