Tuesday, September 20, 2016

L. Brooks Patterson Says He Will Sue To Stop Syrian Refugee Invasion Of Oakland County


By Brandon Hall  

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says he will sue to stop Syrian refugees from being sent to Oakland County without the approval of local officials.

According to Charles Ramirez of the Detroit News:

"Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Tuesday said he intends to sue to stop the resettlement of more Syrian refugees in his county.

“I’ve brought in my legal team from the county, and we’re about to sue to get an injunction to stop them from relocating more people into this community until the rules are adhered to,” Patterson said Tuesday morning on WJR-AM (760).

Bill Mullan, a spokesman for Patterson, said later Tuesday the county executive is not ready to provide further details on his legal strategy plans.

“We’re not going to speculate when, where or against whom we will file a lawsuit because we are still performing our due diligence on this matter,” he said in an email.

WJR’s Frank Beckmann interviewed Patterson and prompted the county executive to address his concerns over whether immigrants and refugees are being vetted and given health screenings.

“Oakland County leads Michigan in refugees resettlement and Michigan leads the nation,” the county executive said. “So we are right in the middle of this fight.”
No lawsuit has been filed but Patterson says he is close, stay tuned...
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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