recall effort launched in Alma after vote on migrant housing | Michigan News


ALMA, Michigan (AP) – Three officials from a central Michigan community are being recalled after voting for a zoning change that would house young migrant boys who have crossed the U.S. border.

“A lot of people are quite upset,” Chuck Murphy, memory supporter and Chairman of the Gratiot County Republican Party, told The Morning Sun.

Petitions have been filed against Alma Town Commissioners Roxann Herrington, Audra Stahl and Nick Piccolo. Herrington is also deputy mayor. If the language is approved, advocates for the recall could start collecting signatures in an attempt to force an election.

The committee voted, 4-2, Tuesday night to approve a zoning change requested by Bethany Christian Services and the owner of a former nursing home.

Bethany wishes to use the site to provide accommodation for up to 40 days or until a sponsor is found. The boys, aged 12 to 17, crossed the US border without parents or guardians and have no legal status in this country.

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The commission did not follow the recommendation of the Alma Planning Commission, which opposed the zoning change after hearing much opposition in the community.

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