In a stunning news release from Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today, it was revealed a vacant Walmart in an upstate New York suburb is being considered by the federal government to house children of illegal immigrants.
Yes, you read that right, a dark, decrepit Walmart that has been vacant in a strip mall for approximately seven years and has little green space or windows may serve as "home" for children.
The release obtained from Congressman Collins' D.C. office states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and General Services Administration will be conducting an initial assessment of this former Walmart in Sweden, New York and a former convent in Clifton Park, New York to determine whether it may be used as a facility for temporarily housing children who have come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian.
The following sites were found to be not suitable after initial assessment: Byblos Niagara Resort in Grand Island, New York and Lexington Commerce Center (an old warehouse building) in Greece, New York.
Peregrine Business Park, an office/industrial building, in Bethpage, New York is still be assessed.
Hopefully the vacant Walmart will be found "unsuitable" as well -- all children deserve better, whether the daughters and sons of illegal immigrants or not.