Feds consider locations to place undocumented children

In this June 19, 2014 photo, a Guatemalan child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of the Guatemala City at an immigration shelter in Guatemala City. The number of unaccompanied minors detained on the U.S. border has more than tripled since 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – There are some new sites in Western New York being considered to house undocumented children.

The immigration crisis has been in the spotlight locally since last weekend, when federal officials checked out a hotel on Grand Island as a possible location to house undocumented children.

Congressman Chris Collins’ office said the former Walmart in Brockport on Lake Road is being assessed as a possible location. A former convent in Clifton Park, New York is also being considered.

The Department of Health and Human Services and General Services Administration is determining whether the facilities can be used for children who came to the United States without an adult guardian.

Collins’ office says the Byblos Niagara Resort in Grand Island, and the Lexington Commerce Center in Rochester, have been ruled out as locations.

“As I have said before, it is unacceptable the federal government is trying to force the hardworking taxpayers of New York to foot the bill to house undocumented immigrants,” said Congressman Chris Collins in a prepared statement.

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