Immigration crisis continues across country, Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Immigration crisis continues across country, Mid-Michigan

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

Undocumented children seeking refuge from organized crime, gangs and human trafficking are being denied.

Right now deportations are underway as the White House tries to send a message and emotions are running high across the nation.

The illegal influx is causing gridlock on Capitol Hill. But right now, the Department of Homeland Security said those illegal arrivals are mostly going back.

The president is asking Congress for $3.7 billion for border control and to build facilities for undocumented immigrants.

Also, Republicans stated this weekend they will not pass anything without changes to laws, which they say encourage illegal immigration.

Deportations will continue with a few exceptions, such as children without identification or that have health risks.

Amid this backdrop the situation is hitting right here in the heart of Mid-Michigan. A facility in Vassar has applied to house some of the undocumented children and that decision is dividing the small town.

Residents and protestors spoke out against the issue at a city council meeting on Monday.

A Wolverine spokesperson said the facility is moving forward with contract negotiations. It's working with a Chicago subcontractor and the federal government to possibly provide temporary shelter for Central American boys ages 12 to 17.

Christopher White is a pastor at St. Luke's Church in Vassar. While he said he understands both sides to the issue he said if these children do end up coming to Vassar he hopes the community will embrace them positively.

"There can be a wonderful opportunity to serve the needs of these children if that is something we are asked to do. We have to embrace it, serve humanitarian needs and leave an impact on their lives," White said.

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