immigration

Downtown Grand Rapids
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Officials in Grand Rapids have adopted a new policy that bars most city workers and staff from asking residents about their immigration status, with the exception being the police. 

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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero called it "a moral crime" for President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA, which could lead to thousands of people being deported from the U.S. 


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A veteran's front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal anti-discrimination laws because it indicates the owner won't sell to foreigners, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials.

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The Ingham County sheriff's office has announced it no longer will detain people with federal immigration holds past the detention period on their original booking charges.

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The mayor of Ann Arbor and the community members rallied for a mother of three who may be deported to Mexico soon. 

Bautista Family
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The United States has seen a rise this year in the number of nonviolent undocumented immigrants being deported. Human rights organization Families For Freedom estimates that about 100-thousand undocumented parents are separated from their children each year. WKAR's Karel Vega takes us to the home of one family facing that situation.


The arrest of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials has prompted a protest at a detention center in Detroit.

Immigration Concerns May Hurt Michigan Farmers

May 8, 2017
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President Trump’s stance on immigration is making fruit farmers nervous that migrant workers they depend on will not show up. 

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The Lansing city council rescinded its week old "sanctuary city" status by a vote of 5-2.


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The Lansing City Council has voted to designate Lansing as a sanctuary city for immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission.

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A small coalition of interfaith churches is making a big statement in Michigan.  The group is declaring itself a “sanctuary network,” and says it will protect individuals and families on the verge of being deported. 

 


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The executive orders on immigration directly impact immigrants and refugees trying to come to the US and those living here already. But the orders are also causing problems for organizations who support refugees.

 

 


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As the Trump administration prepares to enact its updated travel ban, a number of U.S. churches have stated they will offer sanctuary to refugees and immigrants.  No definitive action has taken place in mid-Michigan...but the conversation is growing.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery talks with Oscar Castaneda with Action of Greater Lansing what a formal sanctuary policy might look like here.

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Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

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A community forum is planned in Saginaw to discuss immigrant rights and activities since the presidential election.

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