US mayors meet at Texas-Mexico border to talk immigration

New Mexico
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Mayors from around the country met at the Texas-Mexico border Thursday, in the ongoing fight over immigration.

They criticized the president and how the country is detaining immigrant families. Albuquerque and Santa Fe’s mayors were among them.

They called out the Trump administration for a lack of humanity and called these dark days in American history.

“We have a 2 and a 4-year-old, so we’re young parents, we have young kids. It’s a raw, emotional time for us and to see what’s happening. We want to do anything we can to help, even in the smallest way,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. 

They were hoping to gain access to a holding facility for immigrant children at the Tornillo Port of Entry in El Paso County, but they were denied.

Mayor Keller, a Democrat, compared the camps to Japanese internment camps during World War II.

Alongside him was his wife, who was brought to tears while she spoke.

In her bag, were their 4-year-old daughter’s stuffed animals they said she asked them to bring to give to these children.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said as the leader of a majority-minority city, he felt it was important to be there.

“There still are children sleeping here in these tents, in 105 temperatures, in cages. This system is wrong, it’s wrong from the beginning, it’s wrong now. Policy changes that roll things back don’t fix the broken system,” said Webber. 

Mayors from California, Washington and South Carolina were also there Thursday, from different parties, asking for immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families.

After they were denied entry to that holding facility, the group walked to the border crossing area in Tornillo.

(To watch a video of Mayor Tim Keller speaking, click here.)

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