HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) -- A dozen Latino day laborers living in the woods of a New York suburb can't stay in the local county's long-term emergency housing because they are undocumented.
Suffolk County officials said Friday that the legal status of the men living in tents in the woods of Huntington Station makes them ineligible for county housing.
Department of Social Services Deputy Commissioner Ed Hernandez says the state doesn't reimburse the county for housing undocumented immigrants.
In recent days, the temperatures have plummeted on Long Island. On Friday, the high was about 32 degrees.
Hernandez says he doesn't know where the men should live.
One of them, Nino Bonilla, says a tent in the woods is his only option.