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NYC Mayor: Cities Getting No Answers on Separated Children

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 02:06 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who traveled to the Mexico border this week, said when he saw what was going on, he "saw something un-American," and he and other mayors are demanding answers about children who have been separated from their parents and sent to their cities.

"I saw our government taking kids from their parents and not letting any of us know what is going on," de Blasio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  "What's so interesting, when you go there, it is literally a remote location, government facility where no one is allowed access. It should be eerie to Democrats and Republicans alike. Elected officials are not allowed in."

The silver lining, though, is that the outcry has been "profoundly bipartisan," said de Blasio. "I was down there with a group of 20 mayors, Republicans and Democrats alike. They said it is broken and we need a different approach to immigration. I see a silver lining in that people are coming forward in moral outrage."

He also pointed out that "no one took the bait" when President Donald Trump "did the executive order with the big signature."

"He thought that would be the smoke screen," said de Blasio. "No one took the bait. They said, 'this isn't over until they are back with their parents.'"

However, there are no answers being given about how children will be reunited with their families, as "there's no plan," said de Blasio. "If the president wanted to acknowledge the error of his ways, put together a plan in 30-60 days, whatever it is, we will reunite the families, here is how."

De Blasio also said his city's government was not given any notification that children who have been separated at the border were being sent to facilities in the city.

Meanwhile, tax dollars are being spent to separate mothers from their children, said the mayor, and there is "not a semblance of accountability of when it ends." Further, he said he only learned how many children had been sent by going to one center directly and talking with social service professionals.

"They looked me in the eye, said 239 kids, at that moment, were in that center," said de Blasio. "That's one of three centers in New York City. Now, what we are seeing around the country is, I talked to my fellow mayors, Republican and Democrat, they are finding what they thought was they had no kids, turns out they have dozens. They have hundreds. None of us have been given the facts."

The mayors are demanding to know where the children have been sent, what kind of help they are getting and when they will be reunited with families, he added, but there have been no answers.

"If you are a young child separated from your parent the trauma you go unfortunately because they were in government facilities with lots of other people, some came with bed bugs or lice or chickenpox," said de Blasio. "It's incoherent, it's inhumane."

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who traveled to the Mexico border this week, said when he saw what was going on, he "saw something un-American," and he and other mayors are demanding answers about children who have been separated from their parents.
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