Burmese refugees relocating in West M...

Burmese refugees relocating in West Michigan

There are 28 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Feb 15, 2008, titled Burmese refugees relocating in West Michigan. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Children are fleeing the mountains of Malaysia for the safety of West Michigan. Now the call is going out to local families who are willing to open their hearts and homes for children who have nowhere else to ...

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Taylor, MI

#1 Feb 15, 2008
omg..this is terriable...
Jim

United States

#2 Feb 16, 2008
What about American children that need homes?.... Why not help them FIRST?
Mrs Pink

Madison, WI

#3 Feb 16, 2008
Well Jim, What about the american children?!?! Sorry the goverment is way to busy in other counties making sure their people are taken care!! Come on why would we the US do some thing for our own people!! It's some thing tht makes me SICK!!
Jeremy

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Feb 16, 2008
Send them back, America has it's own issues it needs to work out before we start solving everyone elses.
muskegon

Syracuse, UT

#5 Feb 16, 2008
mrs you are so right woder when this is going to change
Former Foster Parent

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Feb 16, 2008
Like many posters to these sites, Jim, you should do some research before making ignorant comments. There are hundreds of foster families in West Michigan and thousands of "american children" living with those wonderful licenced families.
Here is a quick fact sheet to show how many children were in MI foster care last year.
https://mi.gov/documents/DHS-FosterCare-FactS...
As a member of a global family, the United States must assist with the care of children, sometimes children that are not "american children".
Not PC

Littleton, CO

#7 Feb 16, 2008
When is the media to quit using such nice terms as "ethnic cleansing" for something as heinous and brutal as murdering people because of their race?? If more people in the world faced the ugly truth about their actions instead of utilizing hallmark terminology, maybe these power hungry politcal monsters would be seen for what they are. Then, maybe instead of trying to salvage these poor children from their traumatic and scarred lives --- a decent world would exist to PREVENT it!
Mum and dad USA

Salt Lake City, UT

#8 Feb 16, 2008
"Global family"?!
ok i have a question. when is the rest of our "global family" going to get a job and help themselves?
and since when did we become the worlds mommy and daddy? and if thats the case when can we charge them with neglecting their own children?
4kids4me

United States

#9 Feb 16, 2008
WOW,when did we become such selfish and cynical people. I agree that we should be helping the children of America, not first but along with the others that need us. The children in this story have done nothing wrong, they were simply born the wrong color or perhaps born to parents of the wrong religion. Certianly we should look the other way, hey let them get killed, they aren't our problem, save the airfare to send them home and set up a firing squad to meet them at the airport! Doesn't that make us just as bad as them????
I understand that many of us are not in a position to help personally, but as a nation we are a very blessed people. After all, when is the last time you have had rebels break down your front door and kill members of your family because they have the wrong color hair or eyes. Just because you can't or don't want to help, that doesn't mean that there aren't people that are willing and able to do so. Don't deny them the opportunity to do what they feel is the right thing simply because you have become bitter.
Beth

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2008
I have heard first hand the accounts of some of the Burmese children that have fled their home land for the safety of America. What they have experienced is not their fault or the fault of their parents. The horrors that these children have seen and the strength in the face of adversity that they have shown is astonishing. Please, before you judge these children who need our help figure out just what you are talking about!
xCOHx

Aurora, CO

#11 Feb 16, 2008
no thank you
We Serve

Arvada, CO

#12 Feb 16, 2008
To those who complain about helping American children, recognize that we ARE helping American Children - both present and FUTURE. A few hundred years ago YOUR family wasn't American, either.

If you live in civilization, then realize that virtually everyone upon whom you depend was once someone else's kid. When you look beyond that kid's race and origins to be a positive influence in that kid's upbringing, you help yourself by improving your future world.

So put a smile on your face and open your arms. Help that kid become the doctor/cop/firefighter who saves your life & not the terrorist who ends it.
DAR

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Feb 16, 2008
So, Malaysia is cracking down on people who are in their country illegally. The US should being doing the same.
James

Battle Creek, MI

#14 Feb 16, 2008
There county is cleaning out the immigrants and we should do the same.
RSB

Battle Creek, MI

#15 Feb 16, 2008
Send the people back! why in the world should we help them when we cant even freaking help ourselves???.... There just another way for disease and other infectious stuff to come into our country.

Good for you if you want to help, but there just another way to spend our HARD EARNED MONEY! Hell Michigan in general is in the freaking hole! GO BACK TO WERE YOU CAME FROM!!!
Al Gore

Castle Rock, CO

#16 Feb 16, 2008
James wrote:
There county is cleaning out the immigrants and we should do the same.
Kinda sounds like something Hitler would say.
Mum and dad USA

Salt Lake City, UT

#17 Feb 17, 2008
"Kinda sounds like something Hitler would say. "

kind of sounds like something a liberal would say.
wow

United States

#18 Feb 17, 2008
send them back we cannot afford anymore handouts to no one, heck theres no jobs here for the working adults let a lone a kid at 16,cant wait to see how much they will get againnnnn of the tax payers.
jennifer deau

Granbury, TX

#19 Feb 17, 2008
Well i cetanly think that is wonderfull that these kids get a second chance but what about the children that are already in need of homes i dont see anyone posting a story about them. these children are grom west michigan and should get just as much attention as the other!!!

Thank You
jennifer deau
RSB

Battle Creek, MI

#20 Feb 17, 2008
wow wrote:
send them back we cannot afford anymore handouts to no one, heck theres no jobs here for the working adults let a lone a kid at 16,cant wait to see how much they will get againnnnn of the tax payers.
AMEN!!! send them back!

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