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Albuquerque, Santa Fe mayors to visit border Thursday

KOB Web Staff, The Associated Press
June 20, 2018 10:09 PM

TORNILLO, TX - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will visit the border city of Tornillo Thursday. It's located about 45 miles southeast of Sunland Park, New Mexico.

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Tornillo is where teen boys, who have been separated from their families, are being held. They were separated because of a Trump administration policy that punished immigrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that will end the separation of children and parents crossing the border.

Video shot from Mexico, through the international border fence, shows teenagers playing in what is essentially a large parking lot with tents on it.

According to Congressman Will Hurd, who represents the Tornillo area, each tent can hold about 20 children and two adults.  He said, at one point, federal officials were considering putting 4,000 thousand beds at the tent camps.

The policy was criticized by both Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan groups.

Karina Hernandez provides mental health services to low income, often Latino children in the El Paso area.

She believes this kind of separation creates trauma for children.
 
"Short-term effects can be behavioral issues, withdrawn behavior, constant crying, and you're going to see it a lot in being fearful, a lot of grief, fearful of people, having trust issues," Hernandez said.
 
Educators rallied in Tornillo, saying the children should be in school, not tent cities.

"The state has the funding, the country has the funding, why not invest in educating our most vulnerable children including our migrant children?" asked Clint Independent School District Superintendent Juan Martinez.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents, but he did not specify how quickly that will happen.

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