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Residents concerned undocumented children bring disease

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As the immigration debate boils over across the country, including in Mid-Michigan, the fate of more than 50,000 unaccompanied children from Central America remains uncertain.

Protestors have been rallying against a plan to bring dozens of undocumented kids to Mid-Michigan.

Now new concerns are fueling their fears including the potential threat of communicable diseases. That's the concern shared by some protesters in Mid-Michigan regarding the undocumented children from Central America who could be housed at a Vassar facility.

Wolverine Human Services vice president Derrick McCree said disease is not something the community should worry about.

"We service hundreds of children, many of which we don't get background information in terms of medical records.  These children are no different than the kids we see and service," McCree said.

He said he's interacted with several of these children already at another facility. 

"There are only minimal risks with these kids coming in with any kind of aliment that's going to be contagious," McCree said.

There is no guarantee the children will be sent to Wolverine, but McCree said if they are, part of their contract with the federal government said all of the 12 to 17 year olds will be treated for any illnesses as soon as they arrive. 

"When we get the children they have already been screened at the border for 72 hours and their tested for medical issues and then when they come to us we provide immunizations and we also provide physicals to make sure they're clear," McCree said.

McCree also ensures he would never compromise his employees safety or the integrity of Wolverine, in order to allow these children into Vassar.  

"We wouldn't put our reputation our credibility on the line or our staff or anyone else in danger if we thought there was going to be potential issues with this population," McCree said.

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