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Officials seeking housing for illegal immigrants in WNY

Created: 06/21/2014 10:32 PM WHEC.com

A growing crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico is making its way to western New York.


A surge of unaccompanied immigrant children are flooding into the United States illegally and now federal officials are looking for a place to house them. That search may have led them right here to Rochester and the Buffalo Niagara region.


The Buffalo News and WGRZ are both reporting that federal agents were looking at two locations to house the children, The Lexington Commerce Center in Greece and the Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa on Grand Island.


News10NBC is told the agents actually showed up to the Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa on Friday, under the impression that the hotel was vacant. They soon found out that it wasn’t.


It’s unclear at this time if agents also showed up to the Commerce Center in Greece.


According to the Buffalo News, local officials did not know about the federal government’s plans to house immigrant children in western New York until they received an email on Friday afternoon from the Department of Health and Human Services.


Calls to the development company that owns the Lexington Commerce Center were not immediately returned.


Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says he hasn’t heard anything about the topic.


News10NBC will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest updates.





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