Lawmakers to tour GR agency reuniting refugee families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A group of Congress members will discuss  the next steps for a Grand Rapids agency working to reunite about 50 refugee children with their parents, who illegally crossed over the United States–Mexico border.

Rep.  Dan Kildee of Flint will join fellow Democrats Debbie Dingell, Tim Ryan  and other lawmakers at Bethan Christian Services Thursday to discuss  how children of detainees are being treated and the reunification processafter President Trump's executive order allowing detained families to stay together.

The  lawmakers also intend to tour the facility. While the tour is closed to  the public and media, lawmakers plan to hold a news conference  afterward, which will be livestreamed on woodtv.com.

Republican  congressmen Tim Walberg and Bill Huizenga said they tried to conduct a  similar tour last week at one Bethany Christian Services facility, but were turned away by employees of the federal Office for Refugee Resettlement.

Bethany Christian Services holds a contract with the ORR. 

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