Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters

Migrant children play soccer at the Homestead  Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., on  April 19. The Trump administration is canceling educational and  recreational programs at such shelters, saying the government has run  out of funding for them amid a crush of migrants crossing the border.  (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Migrant children play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., on April 19. The Trump administration is canceling educational and recreational programs at such shelters, saying the government has run out of funding for them amid a crush of migrants crossing the border. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Trump administration is canceling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun discontinuing the funding stream for activities — including soccer — that have been deemed “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety, including education services, legal services, and recreation,” said U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber . . .

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