Some feel issues in Mass. are more important

The number of children crossing is decreasing

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times,  Rick Loomis, Pool)
Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Rick Loomis, Pool)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – At least for now, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee will not be used to house undocumented children from Central America. If it were to operate as a shelter, the federal government would have paid for all the expenses to feed and house the children.

Some taxpayers told 22News before the government takes care of migrant children, it should take care of other issues at home first. “I mean I feel sorry for the children, but we got a lot of homeless people here staying in motels. It’s hard for them to get a place. How can they bring children over for us to handle when we can just about handle ourselves,” said Elizabeth Polon of Springfield.

Health and Human Services announced Tuesday the number of Central American children crossing the border has decreased dramatically over the last week.

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