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Albuquerque, Santa Fe mayors make emotional plea at the border

Chris Ramirez
June 21, 2018 10:12 PM

TORNILLO, T.X. – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber visited the border town of Tornillo Thursday.

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Teenage boys are being held in tents in Tornillo after being separated from their parents for crossing into the United States illegally.

Along with mayors from around the country, Tim Keller was joined by his wife, Liz. The Kellers brought stuffed animals for the teenagers, at the advice of their own children.

“My daughter said are you visiting kids without stuffed animals?  She said she would pack a bag of stuffed animals, so she ran through the house and filled this bag of stuffed animals,” Liz Keller said.

The Kellers hoped to give the gifts to the teenagers, but the federal government denied them access.

“Is there any way to take donations of any kind?  Is there any way folks can help, whether its food, blankets or toys?” Keller asked at the fence, where the boys are being held.

Officers told Keller the stuffed animals could be considered contraband, so they aren’t allowed to accept the gifts.

The mayors say the rebuke is part of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

“Our country as a whole knows wrong when they see it. This is wrong. This is wrong at every level.  It's not humane and it's not American,” said Webber.

The Trump administration has not laid out a plan that explains when or how the boys will be reunited with their parents. The executive order President Trump signed Thursday, stopped the policy that separates parents from children crossing the border illegally.

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