- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials are no longer considering a former defense plant in Bethpage as a relocation site for thousands of immigrant children flooding into the country.

That’s the word from Congressmen Steve Israel and Peter King. They, along with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, had opposed a plan that could have sent some of the children to Long Island.

Thousands of families and unaccompanied children have been coming to the U.S. in recent months. They are fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Many believe they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities.

The Long Island officials say they were notified Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services is no longer considering the former Grumman site. Opponents had said the site was inappropriate for housing children.