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Local family impacted by separations at the border

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Pressure is growing on President Donald Trump to change his "zero tolerance" border policy so children are no longer separated from their families. 

On Tuesday, President Trump once again spoke defiantly, insisting Democrats must help close what he calls loopholes in the current immigration system. 

A Wisconsin family is impacted by the separations happening at the border. 

Voces de la Frontera is working with a local aunt and uncle whose nephew was recently detained at the border along with his son who is a minor. 

While they work on reuniting the family, other local human rights groups like LULAC and religious organizations are planning a trip down to the centers to be a voice for separated families in the coming days. 

According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their families since early May. 

Once a child is separated from their parent, they are transferred to centers or holding facilities where they are eventually placed with families or sponsors. The issues are something local groups are calling an injustice and inhumane. 

"You're going to see a huge mobilization across the country because this is being seen and rightfully so as not just a Latino issue and an immigrant issue, this is really a defense of the family issue," said Wisconsin LULAC representative Darryl Morin. 

"People think, oh that's a border issue it doesn't impact us here in Wisconsin. But the fact is that we have families here who are being affected by these policies," said Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera Christine Neumann-Ortiz. 

On Thursday, June 21, Voces will have a press conference with the local families they are helping who are in these situations at 9:00 a.m. outside the downtown ICE office. 


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