Colorado Lawmakers Call For Response To Children Coming To U.S. Illegally

August 1, 2014 3:30 AM

Colorado Lawmakers Call For Response To Children Coming To U.S. Illegally
" DENVER (CBS4)- Colorado lawmakers and community leaders are calling for a humanitarian response to the surge of children who have crossed the Mexican border illegally.

They gathered at the state Capitol, hoping to pressure Congress.

The Executive Director of Servicios de la Raza, a community service agency, said they are helping reunited children with family already living in Colorado.

He was among those at the state Capitol to call on Congress and Colorado to do more to help.

Groups gathered at the state Capitol to pressure Congress to take action with immigrant children (credit: CBS)

Other groups included interfaith leaders, community activists and state lawmakers.

Their message is that the children are fleeing violence and that they need and deserve compassion.

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They believe Colorado should send a clear signal that those children are welcome here.

Those groups also said that Congress needs to approve funding to help with the crisis at the border and act quickly to declare the children refugees so they are able to seek asylum.

(credit: CBS)

“Declaring these children refugees would be an excellent start providing homes, not correctional facilities, is a must "

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