By Kristyn Leon


DENVER (CBS4) — Many people have heard about or seen pictures of migrant families being separated and detained at facilities across the country. It’s a sensitive subject that can be hard to talk about with your kids.

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One Colorado family is breaking that barrier with a conversation and a glass of lemonade and hopes it inspires others to do the same.

Zoe Williams told CBS4 that she isn’t afraid to talk about what’s been happening in the headlines lately, and so her son wanted to do his part to help.

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Most kids Aster’s age don’t usually pay much attention to the world around them, but Aster’s little mind is constantly racing, according to his mom.

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“Do you know how like the muggles kind of treat Harry Potter like a servant? That’s how kind of the kids in detention sometimes get treated,” Aster said.

The five year old is comparing Harry Potter to the children who’ve been taken and separated from their families.

“Aster heard about it and felt really sad. About kids being taken from their families,” said Zoe.

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So together, they came up with their little lemonade stand outside of Hope Tank on South Broadway to raise money for these families.

“This has kind of been our favorite thing for justice,” said Aster.

“We talk about why people have to leave their countries and why people might not have a safe home anymore for a family,” Zoe said.

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Friday’s lemonade stand also caught the attention of Jose Chalit, who became a U.S. citizen in 2017. He told CBS4 he vividly remembers when he came to this country as a young child with his family for a fresh start.

“The fact that it was hard for me and my mom to get citizenship was devastating,” said Chalit. “For me this hits home.”

Aster and his family raised around $400 for Casa de Paz, an organization that offers support to these families.

Comments
  1. he current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? The crisis IS manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.)

    To Democrats/Socialists programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    * City emergency services Taxpayer pay for every police, fire, paramedic service call for illegal aliens in their city. Taxpayers also pay for all hospital, emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications.. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted.

    *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, special need children & day care. It is estimated nearly 100,000 illegal aliens graduate each year……you do the math. School class size are also negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result.

    *Taxpayers in some states are funding “in state college tuition” discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, & more than 90% of those are in the U.S illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the criminal justice system.

    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches.

    *Mexico received 33 billion last year in remittance from our country. $120 billion total was sent out of the United States in total remittance last year.

    *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the U.S is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

    * Section 8 housing. Illegal aliens take full advantage of this program. Citizens & their families in poverty in many cases wait years behind non citizens for emergency housing.