Professor Cindy Buys comments on Trump ending family separation policy

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Professor Cindy Buys comments on Trump ending family separation policy

June 22, 2018, By Hannah Gebresilassie, WSIL TV3

WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois 

Professor BuysTo view Professor Buys comments on the video please go to the 6:13 mark.

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to keep migrant families together but immigrants rights advocates say the fight doesn't end there.

“It’s about keeping families together while at the same time, being sure that we have a very powerful and strong border,” said President Trump, adding the "zero tolerance" policy would continue.

There's a lot of strong opinions on how the Trump Administration should handle the border crisis. We asked viewers around southern Illinois for their thoughts and some folks defended separating families, calling for tighter security measures.

One Facebook user said, "These people are entering our country illegally!! Time to secure our borders!!"

Another criticized President Trump saying, "It was his policy to begin with. He spent a week blaming Democrats. Saying there was nothing he could do which was a lie."

Meantime, immigrant rights advocates in Carbondale say there's still a lot of work to do.

"We're hearing the cries of children and we're seeing these separations and anxieties of these children," said Georgia De La Garza, a community organizer and activist based in Carbondale.

She is one of thousands who wrote letters and made phone calls, putting pressure on the Trump Administration to bring families back together.

"I can't imagine what these parents are feeling, being separated from their children," De La Garza said.

More than 2,000 children were separated from their families from April 19th to May 31st, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"We need to reach down deep inside of us and pull out some compassion and we need to let them know we are here for them and we support them," De La Garza said.

Southern Illinois Lawmakers also weighed in. U.S. Sen.Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) released this statement:

"Donald Trump’s ‘solution’ to his barbaric zero-tolerance policy is no solution. It would pave the way for the indefinite detention of children and their families and does nothing to solve this Trump-manufactured crisis and ensure the families who have already been separated are reunited. The fact that Trump won’t put a stop to his own administration’s inhumane policy and end the nightmare he chose to create for thousands of children and their families tells the American people all they need to know about his true priorities.”

Illinois Congressman Mike Bost (R-12th) released this statement:

"Congress will be voting tomorrow on a plan that will fund border security, close immigration loopholes, and keep families together at the border. It's an incredibly difficult situation, but I believe we can strengthen our borders and reinforce the rule of law while keeping children with their parents."

Others in Carbondale, like Ana Migone who immigrated to the U.S. from Peru with her husband in 1981, expressed concern for families who have already been separated.

"I hope that they're able to see their parents because there is also the question whether or not they're going to be able to find their parents because some of their parents have already been sent back," Migone said.