‘Welcoming’ resolution riles Muskegon County residents

From our media partners at WOOD TV:

MUSKEGON, Mich., (WOOD) — Tensions were high at a Muskegon County Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon over a resolution on the agenda proclaiming the area a “welcoming county.”

County Commissioner Zach Lahring, a Republican from Ravenna, posted a flyer to Facebook indicating it was the first of three steps to making the area a so-called sanctuary county. The post helped to draw a huge crowd of upset residents to the meeting.

The commissioners started the meeting with a motion to remove the item from the agenda for further review. Residents were advised they would no longer be able to address the issue during the originally slotted time but many waited until the public comment portion to voice their concerns. 

“I want to feel safe in this county, not less safe in this county,” one woman said at the podium. “You’re bringing this violence into our community. This is a shame!”

Many of the residents who took to the podium spoke about concerns of welcoming “illegal immigrants who will bring crime.”

“Why, unless there was an alternative motive, would a commissioner want Muskegon to become a place of filth, fecal matter, disease,” one woman started, “when the mission statement you swore to uphold includes serving the community interest of its citizens?”

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