SAN CARLOS, Calif. - Families opposed to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy gathered on the steps of San Carlos City Hall Sunday night, to speak out against the practice of separating immigrant children from their families at the U.S. border. About 150 people lit candles, made speeches, but also vowed to act.
“I couldn’t get by a minute without knowing where [my two year old son] was so can you imagine what these families are feeling?” said father Ken Diaz.
In the last 6 weeks, at least two-thousand immigrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S. border under the Trump administration’s “Zero tolerance” policy.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco has authored a bill that would put an end to the practice. On Sunday, she announced she had 48 senators behind the legislation. It would need 60 votes to pass and so far, no Republicans have signed on.
The families in San Carlos are also raising money to help immigrant parents separated from their children with legal fees. “We have a six thousand dollar matching grant so anyone who says they want to donate, we’ll match that donation,” said Ron Piovesan of San Carlos. “You read about this happening in regimes in history books, but this is happening in our country today. That’s unacceptable.”