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 process, after 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.