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The Lexington Commerce Center is a vacant warehouse, located on Lexington Avenue in Greece. According to published reports, the federal government is looking at it as a possible temporary shelter, for illegal immigrant children. But Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich tells News 8 he has not been notified of any such move, and our calls to the warehouse owner were not answered.
All this, as the flood of children crossing the border unaccompanied continues.
Many families from across Central America believe their children may have a better chance of staying in the U.S., once they get here. Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children have been picked up trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. That's a 99% increase over last year. But the minors create a unique problem for authorities. They can't be housed in adult detention centers, which in many places, are the only available shelters. So the search for space is on.
So is the controversy. In Virginia last week, there was community backlash when word got out the feds wanted to use an empty college campus in Lawrenceville. The feds were forced to scrap the plan.
It's not known if federal agents have actually visited the Lexington Commerce Center. They have visited at least one site in Buffalo, which means Western New York is definitely on their radar.