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Obama administration abandons search for immigrant housing

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The Obama administration has abandoned its search for emergency housing for the thousands of undocumented children entering the country.

Now it remains unclear if the two in Bay City and Vassar will still get the children they have been preparing for.  

"We need to deal with the crisis and I think it's good news if they're not looking for more places to house them," said Lisa Valentine, Fairgrove resident.

Two Mid-Michigan facilities applied to house some of those children. One in Vassar and one in Bay City.

That news brought about several protests some of which Valentine said she took part in.

"It's not that we are not compassionate, but we are a nation of immigrants, but we also have our own citizens we need to look after," she said.

According to a department of health and human services spokesman, the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border has slowed this summer.

All children who were cared for at the temporary shelters have been transferred or released to sponsors while they wait immigration proceedings.

"I think the appropriations are not there. President Obama didn't get the 3.7 billion he asked for so it's come down to dollars and sense. Congress is recessed right now," Valentine said.

She said she thinks public protests like the ones in Vassar and Bay City are also making a difference.

"I think public opinion maybe has swayed the administration's decisions. I don't think they had the pulse of what the American citizens and voters felt when they went ahead and were taking this action," Valentine said.

A Wellspring Lutheran Services spokesperson said Wellspring has heard nothing about this from the federal government and it's still preparing to receive children at its Bay City facility.

It is still unclear what this latest development means for the facilities in Vassar and Bay City.

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