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UPDATE: Mihalik, other U.S. mayors still planning protest in Texas

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will travel to Texas on Thursday with a bipartisan delegation of U.S. mayors to protest U.S. immigration policies.

The protest will go on despite Wednesdays decision by President Donald Trump to stop separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mihalik will be traveling to Tornillo, Texas, with other mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mihalik serves as chairperson of that groups Children, Health and Human Services Committee. The trip was announced Wednesday before Trumps decision.

In a statement issued on the organizations website Wednesday afternoon, conference President Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, said, President Trump signed an executive order that will put an end to the separation of families at the border. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we must be clear that it is merely one small step that still leaves many questions unanswered.

There are more than 2,300 children some as young as 8 months old who are frightfully alone and must be reunited with their parents as soon as possible, and there is no clear answer as to how this will be done and how quickly, Benjamin said.

The presidents indecision and erratic policymaking has impacted and, frankly, traumatized thousands of lives, Benjamin said. The nations mayors will proceed with their mission to Tornillo, Texas, to ensure that these families are reunited and that such shameful policies are never implemented in our nation again.

In a statement issued Wednesday announcing her participation in the trip, Mihalik criticized the policy of separating families at the border.

It is wrong and is a manifestation of the inability of our lawmakers in Washington to get something done on comprehensive immigration reform, she said. Im traveling to Texas to shed light on an inhumane act and call on our members in Congress to make this right.

As mayors, I believe we understand the value of family and that value transcends nationality, Mihalik said. No matter where you come from or where you are going, you are entitled to be treated with dignity, and I believe the United States should be an example (for) the world to follow, not one that the world can shame.

During its annual meeting last week in Boston, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution registering strong opposition to separating children from their families at the border, and calling on the Trump administration, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to reverse current policy decisions.



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