IMAGE: Dan Kildee

U.S. lawmakers are hoping to stop GM from laying off thousands of workers.

The company recently announced plans to shutter five plants including two in the Detroit area.

Nearly 15,000 workers are at risk of losing their jobs.

In Washington on Thursday, Flint Congressman Dan Kildee said GM needs to look out for the American people much like the government did when it rescued the company from bankruptcy.

“We want them to make the change to benefit the American worker rather than the Mexican worker,” Kildee said. “Now we didn’t rescue the American auto industry to save Mexican jobs, we did it for the American workers so that’s what we really pressed. So hopefully in the long term that affects they’re thinking but for the short term we got no indication that there’ll be a change of heart.”

CEO Mary Barra said she’s working on a plan to help laid off workers explore new opportunities.

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