State and Local Leaders, Advocacy Groups Weigh in on Family Separations at U.S. Border

The separation of migrant families at the nation’s southern border has elicited heartbreak and outrage across the nation, prompting statements from human rights organizations, U.S. lawmakers, and all living first ladies.

Now, local advocacy groups are also weighing in.

The League of California Cities’ Latino Caucus held a press conference in Oakland on Saturday denouncing the separations as inhumane and immoral. The Caucus is calling on Congress to pass legislation that would immediately halt the breakup of families at the U.S. border.

A number of politicians from California have weighed in on the issue via Twitter.

Here are just a few examples:

Republican candidate for governor John Cox also spoke out Monday, calling the practice “horrendous” and urging Congress to take immediate action.

Despite the torrent of criticism, the White House and Justice Department show no signs of backing down so far. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice at a press conference Monday, insisting the children are being well cared for and that it is up to Congress to fix the law.