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Local congressmen address issue on immigrant children in Grand Rapids

Posted: 1:55 PM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 17:55:19Z

Congressman Bill Huizenga and Congressman Tim Walberg spoke out Friday in Grand Rapids about the 50 immigrant children that were taken in from the United States border last week.

They joined the press from a location outside of Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency that is helping to house the children.

They began the session by telling the press that they tried to visit a site to see the children but were "denied access" by the federal government agency, ORR - the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

They said they did not know why they were turned away and they will follow up to find out. They were previously assured that they could get in to see the facility.

Members of the press asked questions about the children and about reconnecting them with their families. The Congressman talked about "myths" that are circling in the media about the children and wanted to let them know that "kids can get hugs."

They also said that they believe the placement agency knows where the families are for these children.

"No one is lost," said Congressman Huizenga. He added that there is a court order to connect the families again.

Congressman Walberg concluded the press conference by saying that he hopes they will "do the right thing," referring to our country and keeping these families together.