Chesapeake Multicultural Research Center weighs in on families separating at the border

The debate about immigration continues. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the United States' southern border.

This comes after pictures and audio recordings of crying children surfaced, shedding light on the way families were treated, after they were caught crossing into the U.S. illegally.

At first, the Trump administration said its zero tolerance policy that caused the separations, had to be changed by congress.

But the President has changed that stance.

Republicans on capitol hill are deeply divided about whether they should try to pass immigration reform, or just focus on keeping families together. But that doesn't mean the previous separations are all of a sudden fixed.

Right here on Delmarva, immigrant families are feeling the direct affects of those actions at the border.

Matthew Peters from the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center says, "In some cases here in our office, it's not just those poor children. It's my nephew, it's my younger brother, it's my daughter, so it's been very tough and helping them locate first a relative, we're able to do that and try to locate that child in 24 hours."

The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton says they are offering help.

There are several legal pathways to get children into a family's custody.

They can't offer counseling but they hope community members who are trained can step up and offer services, since this is a traumatizing time for families. 

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