History may be repeating itself in Grand Rapids as efforts to expand representation on the City Commission face potential headwinds from local business advocates.
It’s 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday in May, and Grand Rapids HQ near downtown is quiet. The carpeted open floor plan resembles a preschool but with amenities for adults. Computer and TV screens are blank, bathroom lights are off, the kitchen is clean, and there’s no hum of laundry machines.
The scene is much different on afternoons throughout the week when up to dozens of young homeless visitors filter in, officials say.
Documents released over the past week by civil liberties advocates show a close relationship between the Grand Rapids Police Department and federal immigration agents, including sharing information about undocumented immigrants who report serious crimes to help gain legal status.
Affirming years-long claims by Democrats, voting rights advocates and casual fans of democracy, a federal court issued a staggering ruling April 25 saying Michigan Republicans have deceived their way to power.
The recent case of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez has thrown West Michigan directly into the national debate over immigration.
State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, last week reintroduced legislation he hopes will address the sexual assault crisis on college campuses by better educating grade-school students about consent.