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Some want Lansing to welcome child immigrants

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Some religious leaders and activists in Lansing want the city to be declared a welcoming place for child immigrants from Central America.

Maximo Anguiano, an activist with Action of Greater Lansing, said in a statement that the children are "frightened, far from home and seeking asylum."

A press conference is planned for Wednesday.

The Rev. Fred Thelen, pastor of Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Lansing, is co-president of Action of Greater Lansing. He's among those involved in the push and says Lansing should be "leaders and champions for humanity and declare Lansing a welcoming city."

The effort comes amid protests and counter-protests surrounding plans by Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services to enter into a contract allowing its facility in Vassar to house children who fled violence in Central America.

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