Turner Joins Other Mayors Asking Government To Stop Separation Of Immigrant Families

Houston Mayor tweets that the “zero tolerance” policy is ‘inhumane’ and ‘un-American’

A child traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America sleeps at a camp near the San Ysidro checkpoint, after U.S. border authorities allowed the first small group of women and children entry from Mexico overnight, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday he has joined other mayors to ask the federal government to stop implementing a so-called "zero tolerance" policy by which families of undocumented immigrants are being separated at the border.

The letter is addressed to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to Turner, it is signed by Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (California); Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson (Arizona); and Tim Keller, Mayor of Albuquerque (New Mexico).

Turner wrote in a tweet that the policy in question is "inhumane" and "un-American."

As reported by NPR, hundreds of children have been separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for people who cross the southern border illegally, even those who are claiming asylum in the U.S.

Sessions announced last month that Department of Justice will prosecute anyone who crosses the border illegally and said the administration is trying to discourage illegal immigration, mainly from Central America.

Since children cannot go to jail with their parents, hundreds of migrant children have been placed in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the practice in February and, although the Trump administration moved to dismiss the case, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, of the Southern District of California, ruled on Wednesday that the lawsuit can proceed.

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