The massive wave of undocumented minors who flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border last year have put in motion “a real cascading set of effects” that are overwhelming schools and communities.

Fox News Latino is highlighting the impact of last year’s surge in a seven-part series, the most recent part focusing on schools struggling to comply with federal requirements to educate every child, whether they’re legal residents or not.

“After being held temporarily by the federal government – for about a month, on average – more than 50,000 of children have been released to sponsors, usually a parent or relative, as they await their immigration court proceedings,” according to the news site.

“Over the last year, teachers and administrators have been left to teach these kids English, even though some of them had never stepped foot inside of a classroom and many are in need of mental health counseling following their traumatic encounters with gang violence, sex trafficking or kidnapping in their native countries.”

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