About 50 protest plans to house child migrants

Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)
Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

VASSAR, Mich. (AP) — About 50 people turned out to protest a social services organization’s proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in a small Michigan community.

Tamyra Murray, an organizer for Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, led Monday’s march from Vassar City Hall to Wolverine Human Services’ 145-bed Pioneer Work and Learn Center, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. Some carried U.S. flags, rifles or handguns.

Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services says it wants to enter into a contract allowing the facility to house children who fled violence in their home country.

The plans come as pressure continues to mount on the federal government to treat as refugees the thousands of children traveling alone from Central America and crossing the border into the U.S.

A similar protest happened last week.

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