GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A maximum security prison in Standish is being considered tohouse Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects. Community members andlawmakers weighed in Thursday at an emergency town hallmeeting.
Earlier in the week, he said he opposed the terror suspectsbeing brought anywhere in the United States and called on theadministration to take local and state officials, as well as themedia, to Cuba, to see exactly what they could expect.
"The administration is reportedly making pie-in-the-sky promisesto local officials, but there is no guarantee that the federal andmilitary jobs at Guantanamo Bay will go to local prison guards,"Hoekstra said in a release.
He also called for many files on the facility to be declassifiedfor reasons of transparency.
But although Hoekstra, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard andGov. Jennifer Granholm have expressed concerns over the plan, bothof Michigan's Senators say they don't object to the idea beingconsidered.
"It's up to the state and local officials whether they want toaccept federal prisoners in state facilities," said Senator CarlLevin, D-Mich. "I believe that providing state and local officialsare accepting of it and local people are accepting of it, that it'ssomething we ought to do.
"Ultimately, in my mind, the community and the state has to feelcomfortable. I think the governor will have to make that decisionalong with the community."
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.
On Thursday, the medical examiner's office said CMU student Kelly Markatos died as a result of the eating disorder bulimia.