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
Temperatures will continue to warm through the week, with slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.