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BC, GR hold immigration demonstrations; US House votes on immigration bill

BATTLE CREEK (WTVB) - Two different groups in two different West Michigan towns gathered last evening to accomplish the same mission. The goal was to publically call for the humane and compassionate treatment of the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border fleeing from the violence in Central America.

In Battle Creek the demonstration was led by Health Department and W.K. Kellogg Foundation employees.  The event in Grand Rapids was driven by just regular citizens.

Before breaking for the summer, the U.S. House held an unusual Friday night session to approve an immigration bill that has no future. The Senate had already gone home, and President Obama said it was just approved to show their voter base that they can be tough on immigration, without actually having to follow through. Branch County’s representative in the House, GOP Congressman Tim Walberg voted for the measure last night said the President’s immigration policies have only intensified the crisis at the Southwestern border through his failure to enforce existing laws. President Obama asked for three-billion to deal with the problem. This bill would have allocated about 700-million, but it won’t even accomplish that.