Kent County's contract with ICE will not be renewed

Aug 28, 2019
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Last Saturday, dozens of local immigration advocates from GR Rapids Response to ICE and Movimiento Cosecha showed up at the headquarters of the Kent County Jail to protest the Sherriff’s involvement with Immigration Customs Enforcement. 

“ICE, ICE shame on you! Immigrants have families too. ICE, ICE shame on you! Immigrants have families too!” 

And it was the very next day that Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye Young released a statement explaining that ICE had decided not to renew the contract with the department and so it would be expiring at the end of September. 

Legislation to prevent doctors from sexually abusing their patients was on the agenda at a state House committee hearing today.  

       These bills are part of ongoing efforts started by the Legislature last year to curb sexual assault in the state.

Larry Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. After he received a de-facto life sentence, lawmakers started to work on new legislation to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

Two people have been sentenced for their roles in a plot that sought to kidnap and kill a child in southern Michigan. A Branch County judge on Monday sentenced 33-year-old Talia Furman and 37-year-old David Bailey, who had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal sexual conduct and conspiracy to kidnap.

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  The Times Herald in Port Huron reports that Jean Cramer submitted a letter to Mayor Dan Damman on Monday withdrawing from the race in Marysville but City Manager Randy Fernandez says Cramer's name will remain on the Nov. 5 city election ballot.

The 67-year-old Cramer created a furor with comments she made first at a public forum and later during an interview outside her home. At the forum she said she wanted to keep the community of Marysville white "as much as possible."

In a subsequent interview, Cramer said she didn't think people of different races should marry.

According to the Foreign Nationals Policy, officers of the Grand Rapids Police Department will not be allowed to inquire about someone’s immigration status, or detain an individual based solely on actual or suspected violations of federal immigration law. Here is Eric Payne, chief of GRPD explaining the policy further. 

“If we have contact with someone asking them about their status is not something that’s a priority for us, nor do we do it, so now that’s what we are hoping or what we believe that the policy will address.” 


The state Legislature plans to go back to its normal schedule this week.

       The state House of Representatives wants to focus on criminal justice changes and agriculture.

Republicans in the state House plan to keep working on a budget and road funding plan they can agree on along with the Senate and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. But they’ve got other priorities too.

Gideon D’Assandro is a spokesman for state House Republicans. He says the Agricultural committee will hold information sessions across the state to offer resources to farmers.

Tips from suspicious anglers helped Michigan officers bust a scofflaw who illegally took more than 1,400 panfish from Lake Lancer in Gladwin County. The state Department of Natural Resources says it recently received numerous complaints about a man who frequented the lake, often fishing several times a day. Two conservation officers confronted him.


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has announced new legislation to renew and increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  The announcement came in Grand Rapids Friday , as the Initiative expires in 2020. Stabenow, says however, much work is left to be done, and renewing the initiative is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes, beaches, and fighting invasive species like Asian Carp.

Drag Syndrome is the name of the United Kingdom drag troop featuring drag queens with Down’s Syndrome that is scheduled to perform in Grand Rapids on the first day of Project 1 by Art Prize next month – but last week Peter Meijer the grandson of Meijer stores co-founder Frederik Meijer, wrote in a letter to Art Prize officials that he would not be allowing the group to perform in his venue citing concerns about the “potential exploitation of the vulnerable”. 

Candidate: Marysville should be as white "as possible"

Aug 23, 2019


A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white "as much as possible."

Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she's one of five candidates running for three council seats in November.