Long Island Facility Eyed to House Influx of Immigrant Children

A Long Island facility is being eyed as possible temporary housing for some of the thousands of children streaming over the U.S.-Mexico border without guardians.

The federal government is considering using Peregrine Business Park at 15 Grumman Road, a former Grumman Corp. facility in Bethpage, according to Newsday. It's one of five New York facilities that the government has examined, the paper said.

Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat representing Huntington, said "it is not a viable solution to simply place unaccompanied children from Central America in temporary shelters."

The General Services Administration told Newsday that no decision has been made.

Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 52,000 immigrant children crossing the border alone since October. Most are from Central America and have been caught in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress this week that the influx has overwhelmed the system. 

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