ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with a bipartisan group of about 20 mayors from cities across the country, traveled to the Mexican border in Texas on Thursday and called for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families, as well as for more transparency.
Speaking at the Tornillo Guadalupe Toll Plaza near a holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, about 40 miles southeast of El Paso, Keller said the cruelty of the separations is almost incomprehensible.
“These are dark days in America, especially on the border, when we see our leaders echo language that sounds eerily similar to Jim Crow, to internment camps, to the Holocaust. When we see our country take actions that literally betray basic humanity, these are dark days,” Keller said. “These are dark days when we have to be here with you today, when mayors from all around the country have to stand here and tell our federal government what they are doing is wrong.
“We are coming together across this country. We are coming together across cities, across states, and we are coming together across parties. We know what happens when we do that. We start to see change.”