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New Mexicans weigh in on children being separated from parents at the border

Erica Zucco
June 19, 2018 09:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Many New Mexicans are weighing in on President Trump's policy to separate children from parents who cross the border.


Tuesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he’ll lead a group of attorneys general calling directly for an end to family separation. When KOB Eyewitness News 4 posted that story on Facebook, some commenters dissented.

One wrote “And what does General [sic] Balderas propose we do with these children instead? Put them in jail with their parents?”

Some New Mexicans say children aren’t at fault, but parents should be held accountable.

One commenter wrote, “The parents put their children in a situation that if caught- separation from their children would happen."

Other New Mexicans, including religious leaders, say it’s about empathy. The Archbishop of Santa Fe released a video, saying, “It sounds neat and tidy- well they're breaking the law- when we're sitting here in the safety of our borders. But when people are fleeing these terrible atrocities, we need to have compassion.”

Monday, Democratic Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham, called for the White House to stop separating families.

Tuesday, Republican Representative Steve Pearce released a statement saying he’s dedicated to finding a solution where “families can be kept together and the broken immigration system can be restored.”

U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich also released the following statement:

"As a father with four children, this is absolutely heartbreaking,” Mick Rich said. “Sadly, this is the latest example that our country’s immigration system is completely broken. Republicans and Democrats alike need to stop their partisan bickering and finger pointing, and act immediately to reform our immigration system and stop this needless suffering.”


Erica Zucco

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