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Kalamazoo residents Erum and Seema Shah rallying for immigrant and Muslim rights at Bronson Park - file photo
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The Managing Attorney for the Kalamazoo-based Michigan Immigrant Rights Center says there are many ways to come to the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Susan Reed says that includes applying for citizenship or a green card.

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(MPRN-Lansing) A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan. 

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Susan Reed says it won’t take long to change immigration policy in the United States. The Managing Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo says “the deportation machine is already built.” 

This time last year the United States was inundated with immigrants from Central America, many of them unaccompanied minors. Some of those kids ended up in Michigan, but where are they now? Some 350 children ended up in Michigan; 198 were released to relatives, 153 ended up in foster care. (WCMU)

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President Obama issued an executive order last year to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation. But a federal judge has issued an injunction holding up that order, and Congress is at a standoff over the President's action. Some Republicans want to hold up funding to the Department of Homeland Security. Susan Reed, Lead Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo, says it helps to create more confusion around the issue of immigration.