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The battle continues over bringing undocumented children to Michigan

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The courts may be the next step for groups fighting plans to bring dozens of undocumented children to a facility in Michigan.

Tens of thousands of undocumented children have flooded across the southern U.S. border since the beginning of the year.  Wolverine Human Services is negotiating a contract to bring up to 120 boys between 12 and 17 years of age to its facility in Vassar, Michigan.  

Dozens of people staged a protest outside the Wolverine facility today. Tamyra Murray is with Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement.  She says their opposition will continue, even if Wolverine gets its contract.

“If them kids do come here, we can try to pass legislation so they have no rights to social services or they can not get tax dollars for education,” says Murray.

Murray says they are eyeing a possible lawsuit challenging Wolverine’s zoning. 

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Wolverine Human Services is negotiating a contract to bring up to 120 young males, between 12 and 17 years of age, to its facility in Vassar, Michigan.

Derrick McCree is a Senior Vice President with Wolverine. 

"We projected and predicted that we would get resistance," McCree said last week. "But our goal is to help these children in need to move forward to whatever it may be: to return them to their country of origin, to become a U.S. citizen, whatever's decided."

Federal law requires a review of the children’s immigration status before they are either returned to their home countries or allowed to remain with legal family members in the U.S.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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