Marygrove College In Detroit Willing To Help Child Immigrants

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DETROIT -- The president of Marygrove College in Detroit says he's willing to use school resources to help child immigrants from Central America.

David Fike says he would offer scholarships to older children and provide food and shelter for other youths at the Catholic school if the federal government agrees to treat as refugees the thousands of children traveling alone from Central America and crossing the border into the U.S.

Fike tells The Detroit News that President Barack Obama should take a leadership role in solving the problem. Fike says other college leaders should help as well.

His comments come amid protests over plans by Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services to enter into a contract allowing its facility in Vassar to house children who fled violence in Central America.