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The federal government is no longer considering a former Walmart building in Brockport as a location to house undocumented immigrant children from Central America, according to Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s office Monday evening.

More than 50,000 children have crossed the border from Central American countries – double the number of 2013. It’s left authorities looking for options to handle the huge influx.

Hawley says it’s the right choice because Upstate New Yorkers “can’t afford to be paying for the housing, healthcare and education of the children.” He added in a news release that “It’s important that we do everything to help these children, but Brockport is ill equipped for such an undertaking long term.”

Congressman Chris Collins slammed the proposal last week, saying it was an “unacceptable” use of taxpayer money and that the children should be kept closer to the border which they crossed.

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