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Immigration protest held outside Bay City commission meeting

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BAY CITY (WJRT) - (08/04/14) - Protests erupted outside of city hall in Bay City Monday evening, continuing the immigration debate in Mid-Michigan.

This comes on the heels of a decision made to house two dozen immigrant children in Bay City this month.

It's a decision that has been met with mixed feelings from Bay City residents and beyond.

The protesters met outside city hall during a city council meeting, where the immigration issue was not on the formal agenda.

The protest was spurred when the federal government, along with Well Springs Lutheran Services decided to place 24 immigrant children in the community for about a month.

Protesters literally stood on two sides of the issue - those that welcome the children and those like Bay City resident Ken Marlow, who don't agree with housing illegal immigrants.

"Why they don't go through the proper channels and do the legal aspect of things in the right way then I wouldn't have a problem with it," Marlow said.

In a press release, Bay City assistant city manager, Dana Muscott, assured the children won't be a financial burden to the city.

The cost of all of their care will be covered by Well Springs Lutheran Services.

Bay City native Sandy Rogers welcomes the children with open arms.

"I always try to take care of people that aren't as fortunate as I am, and a lot of people feel the same way I do," she said.

Some of the protesters who are on board with Sandy spoke to the city council during the open comments section of the meeting.

The council didn't address individual comments, and as of now, the children will be coming to stay in Bay City.

The children between ages 6-12 years old are expected to come to Bay City Aug. 30.

They will remain in the Bay City for 30 to 40 days, but will not be allowed to stay in the Well Springs facility longer than 90 days.

Any medical care the children need will be covered by a federal health care program.
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