Mid-Michigan Latino community reacts to Trump's zero tolerance policy

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 6:42 PM EDT
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(6/18/2018) - President Trump explaining his zero tolerance policy on immigration, "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility."

The policy calls for arresting undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.

The Department of Homeland Security released a look into the fenced in cells where children separated from their parents are being held, possibly for months.

"What I saw was children being held in cages. Our country should not be holding children in cages," said Latinos United for Flint member Enrique Rodriguez.

He compared President Trump's zero tolerance policy to Jewish concentration camps.

"This is what Hitler was doing. He was removing the children," he said. "So, the questions remains is that what we're doing here?"

"These are families coming through carrying their children with bags of, you know, whatever small belongings they have," explained Chair of the group, Aurora Sauceda. "They're not coming through with, you know, guns and drugs."

Sauceda is horrified by the images.

"It's unforgivable. I'm sorry, but you know we don't treat human beings like his," she said.

Sauceda and Rodriguez are in favor of immigration policy, but they said it needs to be humane.

"Is it right for us to penalize and punish children who are innocent? I don't think so," Rodriguez said.

Sauceda added, "We need to have something in place that's gonna say, okay this is what you have to follow if you want to come to the United States.'

And until that happens, the two said they'll be making their voices heard at the polls.

"We are certainly going to look for those candidates that are going to fight for our cause. And, that's how we're gonna make a change," Sauceda explained.