Skip to comments.Citizens assemble to voice opinions on housing Central American refugees
Posted on 07/09/2014 11:12:39 AM PDT by don-o
VASSAR Wolverine Human Services officials say Central American child refugees could arrive here in a couple weeks, though protesters didnt roll out a welcome mat outside Vassar City Hall on Monday night.
I want them to go home where they came from, said Julie Blossom Hunt, 48, of Vassar, one of several dozen people at a pro- test held by Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, or MICE.
Im a big believer in going (to their home countries) and ministering to them, and helping improve their quality of life for them and for their future.
Monday nights gathering featured a number of counter-protesters who said they support housing refugees in Vassar, where about 115 jobs will be created if Wolverine lands two contracts to house 120 refugees at its Vassar location, according to Wolverine Senior Vice President Derrick McCree.
Neither contract is signed and official yet, he said, but he added that refugees could arrive within a couple weeks if contracts get signed without any setbacks.
McCree said about 15 people have been hired recently who could work with the refugees. He said hell answer questions tonight at a 6 p.m. public forum at Vassar High School.
Tens of thousands of children have crossed illegally into Texas in recent months from Central American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Most are males and older than 14, according to federal sources. The federal government reports the youths flee to the U.S. to join family members already here, escape abuse or exploitation, or seek employment or educational opportunities.
McCree said the youths housed in Vassar will be males from ages 12 to 17. Wolverine will provide medical care, feed them, teach them some survival skills and do trauma counseling until federal officials can place the children with family members in the U.S., McCree said. At that point, Wolverine workers also would travel with the refugees to the youths new residences.
Hunt, however, used a megaphone Monday night to urge protesters to oppose bringing refugees to Michigan.
We cant stop it once theyre here, said Hunt, who said she moved back to her hometown of Vassar from the Los Angeles area last year.
We were told that out at Wolverine (off Enterprise Drive), its not going to be a locked-down facility, Hunt told the crowd. If those kids choose to walk away and start roaming around our community, were going to start having an increase in crime like we saw in L.A.
Dan Zuzula, 55, of Vassar Township, said he opposes using taxpayer money to pay to house illegal immigrants.
Id love to have my grandchildren get better schooling here in Vassar instead of having to pay for illegals, Zuzula said.
While grocery stores and other businesses might see increased revenue associated with feeding and caring for 120 refugees, Zuzula said I wont see any residuals in my pocket.
McCree said Wolverine officials told Vassar city leaders that if we land these two contracts, we could see 115 more people coming into the local economy, spending money at the McDonalds or the gas stations, or everywhere else.
Rev. Monica M. Villarreal, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Flint, said refugee children must be treated with respect, dignity and justice once they arrive here. She said the Bible indicates Jesus Christ and his family fled to Egypt when threatened by violence from King Herod.
Thats how I see it to remember that Jesus himself was a refugee and experienced something like what these kids are experiencing, Villarreal said.
Ryan Bates, Dearborn-based executive director of Michigan United which bills itself as fighting for the rights of illegal immigrants also came to Vassar on Monday as a counter-protester.
We want to get out the message that these are children fleeing horrible violence in Central America, Bates said. They are refugees who deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. Honduras has become the murder capital of the world. Its more dangerous than Afghanistan or Iraq.
Young boys are being forced to join drug gangs. There is an epidemic of rape and sexual assault girls as young as 10 years old being raped and becoming pregnant.
If federal officials cant reunify the refugees with a relative already in the U.S., they would seek a foster parent willing to care for the children, according to McCree.
Bringing refugees to Michigan wont help an already struggling economy, according to Nick Schlatter, 26, of Tuscola Countys Wells Township.
We have people here in Saginaw, Flint, Bay City and Tuscola County who dont have jobs, and were bringing people who are going to undercut their wages, Schlatter said.
Who has Michigan ping list?
I read yesterday where our government is going to help these children(?) get driver licenses’ and that means they’ll also get voter registration cards per Clinton’s motor-voter law. I wonder why the government won’t let the media take pictures of these children(?) and why they’re being scattered all over our nation?
They’re not refugees, they’re undocumented democrats.
they are their home countries out casts.. their weak.. their sick... their dying..
Send um back. we have enough problems of our own.
>> I wonder why the government wont let the media take pictures of these children(?) and why theyre being scattered all over our nation?
Invasion operation must not be interfered with
Will they be asked to take a TB, scabies MS-13 member home with them??
They will be assembling in Dallas County too
Joseph did not flee with Mary and Jesus to Egypt to milk lifetime welfare benefits out of that country. The same cannot be said about this current crop of faux refugees.