By Pablo Lopez for the Arizona Daily Star
Local elected officials from Pima County, Tucson and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe called for an end to the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border at a news conference Thursday.
“Today we stand together and we plead, not one more day,” Dustin Williams, Pima County superintendent of schools, said at the Pima County Administration Building in downtown Tucson.
As part of the recent “zero tolerance” policy put into effect by the Trump administration, children and parents who cross the border illegally may be separated from each other, with parents sent to jail and children put in government custody or foster care.
Along with the separation of families, the administration recently announced asylum may no longer be granted to victims of domestic violence or gang violence.