U.S. Conference of Mayors visits Tornillo in response to immigration laws

El Paso News

Mayor Dee Margo welcomed mayors from across the nation on Thursday and spoke out in response to family separation happening our own backyard.

“We are the border…and have been so for 400 years. This is where immigration should be discussed. Not in Washington, but here on the border,” Mayor Dee Margo tells KTSM.

The Conference of Mayors shared their own family histories and some even got emotional. The President of the non-partisan group said the Department of Health and Human Services denied the group’s request to tour the facility.

“We have been told that if we want to access, we will have to come submit it and hopefully we’ll get approval in a couple of weeks. The same response members of congress and several governors apparently have received,” Mayor Steve Benjamin of Colombia, South Carolina said.  

The mayors demanded Congress for change on current immigration laws and said the recent executive order is just a “small step” in the right direction. 

“We have the power to stand up and say that we have to help these kids.We have to help them with the trauma they’ve been through, and we have to help them find their parents once again,” Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque shared.

Mayor Benjamin told me that even though the group’s entry to the facility is currently denied, the conference of mayors will still continue to push for access.

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