Austin Mayor Steve Adler and several City Council members traveled to migrant detention facilities in Tornillo, Texas, today to “bring additional attention and focus” to the effects of the country’s current “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. The city leaders joined a delegation from the United States Conference of Mayors to demand an end to the separation of immigrating children from families currently being practiced on the Texas-Mexico border.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and were among the other mayors visiting the center and protesting the policy. Austin City Council Members Greg Casar and Sabino “Pio” Renteria joined the group as well. Mayors were asked to join the delegation, which Adler helped facilitate, on the basis of their leadership on immigration issues; the Austin City Council was invited on the same basis.
Adler tweeted from the Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge Thursday that he was “proud to be standing with my mayoral colleagues from around the country from both sides of the aisle to stand against this moral and humanity crisis.”
Proud to be standing with my mayoral colleagues from around the country from both sides of the aisle to stand against this moral and humanity crisis. Reunite these families now and implement comprehensive immigration reform @usmayors #KeepFamliesTogether pic.twitter.com/RCcpKlstLq— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) June 21, 2018
According to a Thursday Austin American-Statesman report, Garcetti and de Blasio also spoke at the gathering.