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Vassar residents have mixed opinions about undocumented children

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

Another Mid-Michigan community is back in the spotlight as residents disagree on a plan to house undocumented immigrants in Vassar.

A rally was underway Thursday in support of housing the unaccompanied children at an area juvenile facility.

"I don't think our federal government and our state government should be bringing people in illegally," Don Pickeren said.

When it comes to the question of having undocumented kids living in Vassar the answers from residents are as different as night and day.

"If it was something that was bad for our country we wouldn't be doing it," Crystal Damico said.

Thousands of children have been crossing the U.S. bordor with Mexico. Some of them could be staying at Wolverine Human Services. That's a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask.

"I don't want to see it. Don't want to see it. We can't afford to have it. It's not bringing nothing to our community," Ed Law said.

Wolverine Human Services' proposal to house 60 of the refugees has not been approved by the federal government at this time. Meanwhile, the group Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement are seeking a referendum petition so voters in Vassar can decide on changes to a city ordinance. An ordinance that could keep the Central Americans out of this divided town. 

"I hope they send those people back," Pickeren said.

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