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Immigration enforcement subject of Detroit forum

Sarah Hulett
Michigan Radio
U.S. Representative John Conyers, second from right, rallies community members ahead of an immigration forum.

Activists and families packed a school lunchroom in southwest Detroit to vent their frustrations with immigration and border enforcement in that part of the city.

U.S. Representatives John Conyers and Hansen Clarke convened the forum in the wake of complaints about immigration enforcement near schools.

That’s prohibited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy. And Conyers says the head of ICE, John Morton, has expressed his commitment to making sure it’s enforced:

"He has acted as if he wants to correct this, and that he’s sincere about it. So I am still hopeful that we will be able to make more progress than we have so far."

The forum was held at a charter school where parents sought refuge in March after watching immigration agents parked outside. One parent was arrested. He has since been released.

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Radio’s Director of Enterprise & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.
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