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Houston Mayor: I Won’t Be an Enabler of Migrant Family Separation

“There comes a time when Americans, when Houstonians, when Texans have to say to those higher than ourselves: This is wrong. This is just wrong.”
Children at a protest against the government's family separation policy in Phoenix.
Children at a protest against the government's family separation policy in Phoenix.Ross D. Franklin/AP

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he would do everything in his power to avoid becoming an “enabler” of a new migrant detention center slotted to open in his city.

In remarks Tuesday during which he declared his strong moral opposition to a federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents, Turner suggested state and local permitting mechanisms could stall or thwart the facility’s operation. He urged the operators of the facility to “reconsider” their role.