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On June 30th, thousands of Coloradans across the state rallied to urge an end to President Trump’s cruel policy of family separation. On this podcast, John sits down with Alejandra who traveled to the US/Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas to see firsthand the impact Trump’s zero-tolerance policy has had on families seeking asylum. Afterward, we will listen to Alejandra’s interview with a 9-year-old child who came to the US seeking asylum, was taken from his father, and held for a week in a place he calls “the icebox.” Call To Action: The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for inflicting heinous abuses on children in its custody. Voice your concern and contact your senator now by going to To read All That He Owns, by Alejandra Garza go to: For more photos and videos go to: The Purple State Report is brought to you by the ACLU of Colorado. Our show was produced by Vanessa Michel, John Krieger, and Alejandra Garza with original theme music by Pablo Novelas. Additional music by Alela Diane and Dexter Britain. If you have feedback or suggestions for future episodes email us at

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