An undocumented immigrant apprehended in the desert near the Mexican border is processed before being transported to a detention center June 1, 2010 near Sasabe, Arizona. He was captured with 9 other immigrants about two miles north of the border. During

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Outraged Activists Wants Congress To End Detention Centers Near U.S./Mexican Border

By Jennifer Hodges

June 01, 2018 - 2:32 pm

SAN JOSE (KCBS Radio) - Calling it an outrage, activists in the South Bay are pushing for Congress to look into what they call 'cruel and unusual circumstances' at detention facilities on the Mexican border. KCBS Radio's Jennifer Hodges reports.

At a San Jose news conference, activists and legislators called on Congress to do something about immigrant detention sites at the border. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren says children are being pulled away from their parents.

"First of all, it's insane to prosecute tens of thousands of people for a misdemeanor and incurred costs of that." Lofgren says. "Plus the trauma of thousands of children being sent off to foster care and apparently some of them being lost."

Lofrgen joined activists SIREN, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network.

"And so we're urging from members of Congress to call for hearings that look into what exactly has been transpiring with the abuses that have been taking place on the part of the Department of Homeland Security." Priya Murthy with SIREN tells KCBS Radio.

The Trump Administration has put more money into detention facilities and stands by recent actions.