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Skubick: Lawmaker Draws Line On Illegal Children Relocation

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(WLNS) - A major new development Thursday in the dispute over the possible relocation of the undocumented immigrant children from Central American into the city of Vassar.

A state lawmaker is telling 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick that he'll push legislation that would cancel the state license of any companies that try to do that.

The protests in Vassar have reached the ears of State Senator Mike Kowall. He is drafting legislation that fires a "shot across the bow" of companies that want to relocate those central American children in Michigan: Do it and you'll lose your state license to operate he warns.

Reporter: "That's a threat."
Sen. Kowall: "I guess you could call it that."
Reporter: "Is that what it’s meant to be?"
Sen. Kowall: "It's meant to be a promise."
Reporter: "Which is?"
Sen. Kowall: "Don't do it."
Reporter: "If they do?"
Sen. Kowall: "You could stand to lose your license to operate in the state of Michigan."

A Detroit lawmaker has heard the protestors in the tiny community and he thinks some of the rhetoric against the children is racists. Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. says "Racism is there. I will say the R word and we've got to deal with it."

This lobbyist for the ACLU is also upset by the rhetoric. She says she more than just shocked. Shelli Weisberg says "I could not disagree more. It’s more than shocked. It’s disheartening. I just didn't think we'd get here."

The senator from that area believes many of the protestors are not from Vassar and while some of the comments he blames President Obama for not having a policy to control the flow of illegal children into this country.

Senator Mike Green: "Actually the president who was kind of opening the flood gates to let all these people coming in without any policy whatsoever now, do you find that appalling or do you find that proper.”
Reporter: "Do you?”
Senator Green: "I do."
Reporter: “Find if improper?”
Senator Green, “I do.”

As for the senator's legislation to yank the license of companies that want to house the abandoned immigrant children, that will have to wait until the fall.


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