Feds mistakenly scout Grand Island hotel to house immigrants

GRAND ISLAND, NY - A crisis has been slowly building over the last few months along America's southern border, and it has now led to a bizarre story here in Western New York.

More than 47,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border in the past year and officials there think that number could double in the coming months.

Many are being sent here by parents from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

It's led to a lot of criticism of President Obama from Republicans who say he needs to enforce immigration policies and tell people in those countries to stop coming here.

The Obama administration announced on Friday that it would be adding new immigration judges and opening new detention centers, and he told Mexico's president that the children won't get to stay.

The administration is also looking to ship the detainees to other sites around the country.

That's where Western New York comes in.

Federal agents showed up Friday at the Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa in Grand Island yesterday, apparently looking to house children who entered into the country illegally. Those federal agents were under the impression that the hotel was vacant or closed.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has the rest of the story.


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