Undocumented children may be headed to Bay City - WNEM TV 5

Undocumented children may be headed to Bay City

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TV5 has learned some undocumented children may be headed towards Bay City.

The city received word from Wellspring Lutheran Services CEO David Gehm that Wellspring would be housing up to 24 undocumented children for up to 90 days at its Bay City facility, Bay City's Mayor Chris Shannon said.

City officials asked Wellspring if the undocumented children's stay would be temporary and they were told no, Shannon said, adding when one group of children moves on another would arrive.

City officials have not heard anything from the federal government regarding the situation yet, Shannon said.

Assistant City Manager Dana Muscott said the city has been advised by representatives of Wellspring that 24 children will be placed in the city by the federal government.

Shannon and other city officials are currently reviewing city ordinances to make sure the children can come to Bay City because Wellspring has been using the city's facility for a different purpose.

Wellspring is preparing to provide care for the children who ages run from 6 to 12, Muscott said.

The city has been advised the placement is temporary with the average stay for each child ranging from 30 to 40 days and in no event will any child stay at the facility for longer than 90 days, Muscott said.

The children will receive educational classes at the Wellspring facility while in Bay City.

There is no fiscal impact caused by the children's presence in Bay City, Muscott said.

The children are expected to arrive in Bay City Aug. 30.

Wellspring has a federal contract to provide housing to the children at its youth facilities in Farmington Hills and Bay City, Wellspring said in a news release. The news release said Wellspring will focus on shelter, nutrition and age-appropriate activities, and work to create stability for the children.

The children will be staying in Bay City while their outcome is determined. They could be placed with U.S. family members, be returned to their original country, or placed in federally-funded programs for unaccompanied refugee minors. The federal government determines the outcome of the children, the news release said.

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