Snyder: Fewer than 100 child immigrants in state
WASHINGTON, DC, July 31, 2014 (AP): Fewer than 100 unaccompanied
children have arrived in the state in the aftermath of the
immigration crisis along the United States' southern border,
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday as he renewed his
call for an overhaul of laws to make the U.S. more
Snyder spoke in Washington at a business round table meeting
with Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other
business leaders. The governor said he doesn't expect the influx
of children to have an economic impact on the state but said it
shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
``It's really terrible the whole situation with the undocumented
children and that's really generated the crisis that you're
currently talking about,'' Snyder said.
It's difficult to estimate the number of children who have
arrived in Michigan, Snyder said. He said about 92 unaccompanied
children are in the state on a temporary basis, but it's unclear
how many are from the Central American countries of Honduras,
El Salvador, and Guatemala.
``With respect to the impact on Michigan, it's not going to be
costing the state of Michigan,'' Snyder said. ``The federal
government is paying for all that.''
The governor said the influx of tens of thousands of
unaccompanied minors coming into the U.S. illegally is ``an
unfortunate consequence of a much bigger problem that I've
always encouraged the federal government to solve.''
Snyder described himself as ``the most pro-immigration governor
in the country,'' saying immigration ``is what made our country
He said forcing international graduate students to leave the
U.S. after they get their degrees ``is absolutely dumb.'' Many
of the students want to remain in the U.S. and would create jobs
if allowed to do so.
``This is another subject matter where we're being let down,''
Snyder said. ``Not just on the kids, but the whole issue of
immigration reform. Let's get it solved. One of the things that
made us a wonderful country is the fact that most of us came
from someplace else or our parents did.''