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Former Albany school considered for housing undocumented children

Updated: 06/30/2014 6:32 PM
Created: 06/30/2014 4:16 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

NewsChannel 13 has learned an Albany building is being considered to house some of the undocumented children coming into the United States from Central America.

The Department of Health and Human Services is now looking at a building on Southern Boulevard, which once housed Kenwood Covenant and Doane Stuart School.

Rep. Paul Tonko says funds to house the children will come from a federal program and at no cost to New York State.

Since October, around 52,000 unaccompanied kids have been caught coming across the border from Mexico to the United States.

A law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 states kids cannot be sent back until courts are able to release them to a situation that’s deemed safe.

President Obama is now asking for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to deal with the surge.

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