More than 150 people in Tuscola Co. protested Monday night after learning the non-profit group Wolverine Human Services offered to house some children who crossed the U.S. border illegally near Saginaw.
Wolverine runs a juvenile facility in Vassar. It says it has dozens of empty beds.
"We don't have a lot of jobs around here," said Tamyra Murray, of Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, who protested the idea. "The cost to the taxpayer would be tremendous, even though Wolverine said it would be at the expense of the federal government-- that's our money. Eventually it would fall on local taxpayers."
Others asked people to understand that many of these children are running from violence in their home countries.
"As citizens of the United States, we have to do everything we can to at least accommodate some of them and find their families," said Gilberto Guevara, of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.
Wolverine Human Services is in talks with the federal government but there is no deal yet.