SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration continues to spark outrage. Specifically, there's growing concern over officials separating children from their parents at the border.
East County protesters came together Sunday to share their outrage at the federal government's immigration youth shelter for boys in El Cajon.
"My wife and I have been very distraught about seeing what is happening with the policy change and treatment," said retired educator and protester David Richardson.
Large crowds also protested near the U.S.-Mexico border in rural El Paso, Texas, at a former Wal-Mart where thousands of unaccompanied minor children crossed the border illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security numbers show over a six-week period, nearly 2,000 children were separated from nearly as many adults; the overflow of children are now being housed in a so-called "tent city."
"We were told there were 98 kids in this tent city yesterday, we were told today there are 200 kids," said Beto O'Rourke, Democratic congressman from Texas. "We've all got to own this. We cannot blame this on Trump, we cannot blame this on a political party; this is America right now, and so America's gotta show up."
This week, two immigration bills are up for a vote; one calls to protect Dreamers in exchange for $24 billion to build a border wall.
President Donald Trump blamed the Democrats for separating children from their parents at the southern border tweeting, "Democrats can fix their forced family break-up at the border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change."
"I hope that Donald Trump and the Congress will come to their senses and realize that we are losing friends around the world," said Richardson.
The shelter in El Cajon where protestors rallied on Sunday houses boys ages 6 – 17 years old. A U-T reporter was reportedly given access inside and described children in classrooms or playing soccer. She said nothing struck her as strange in the facility.
Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2018
Two people were killed Monday when a roughly 75-foot- tall tree fell onto a two-story house in the Point Loma Heights area.
Tragedy struck Monday in Point Loma Heights where a couple reportedly visiting from North Dakota died when a 75-foot tall Torrey Pine fell on the house. A fellow business owner from Grand Forks, North Dakota, identified the victims as Troy and Jessica Nelson – owners of Trojan Promotions.
The highest king tides of the year peaked early Monday morning. All along San Diego’s coasts this weekend, News 8 captured footage of big waves and some flooding.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has organized a fun and informative event to take place this Saturday. Beer + BBQ kicks off at noon at Thorn Brewing Co.’s Barrio Logan location (1745 National Ave).
San Diegans are celebrating a Jewish holiday on Monday. Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of a new year for trees.
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In Monday’s Daily Dose, we’ve got a tour around San Diego your belly will thank you for. San Diego Restaurant Week allows you to explore your favorite areas and score great deals on food along the way.
A rare spectacle in the sky captivated people around the world on Sunday night – including those here in San Diego. A lunar eclipse of the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon” was a stunning sight for dozens who gathered at Balboa Park.
Three San Diego police patrol vehicles were damaged Monday during a brief pursuit of a suspected drunken driver in the Point Loma Heights area.
County offices including libraries and animal shelters are closed Monday, Jan. 21 for the federal holiday in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.