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Columbus activists putting more pressure on Trump administration on immigration crisis

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Columbus activists are working to help immigrants, while also looking for ways to put more pressure on the administration (CNN Newsource)

Thousands of children are still separated from their parents. The federal government said it would reunite children younger than 5 to their parents, but that court-ordered deadline has passed and gone. Now a new deadline is approaching to unite all the kids.

Activists say more pressure is needed on the Trump administration to unite these families. It’s to the point now where some want to take in the children so they won’t continue sleeping in detention centers.

"We don't sleep just thinking about these things asking ourselves how can we help,” said John Ramos, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, chapter in Columbus.

LULAC is helping migrant families navigate through the president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy by helping them know their legal rights.

"We've reached out to supermarkets like 'La Michocana' and hopefully we will start giving out other workshops there to families about what to do, how to prepare,” said Ramos.

Activists say they will continue to protest too, just like what they did a few days ago outside of the ICE office in Columbus.

"What else can we say? Separating children from their mothers and fathers is not something that we're about," said an activist Ruben Castilla Herrera.

But it continues to happen, children separated from their parents for months. Last week, a Guatemalan mother was finally reunited with her 8-year old daughter in Boston. They've been apart since May. President Trump said he has the answer to this problem.

"Tell people not to come to our country illegally, that's the solution,” said President Trump during a news conference on Tuesday.

But Ramos said that's not the answer.

"We need to open our hearts and be able to help these kids,” said Ramos.

The oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the country, LULAC, will be meeting with other chapter leaders in Phoenix next week. Ramos said he will be there as they come up with solutions to help these kids.

"The task is hard but probably folks like me who would step up and help these kids,” said Ramos.

Ramos said in their national convention, they will talk about coming up with foster parents until the government can reunite these kids with their parents. A federal judge has issued a new deadline to the Trump Administration that all separated families must be unified by July 26th.

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