UN Calls on Trump Administration to Stop Separating Immigrant Children from Parents

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"Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can't get their act together!"

In a briefing on Tuesday, Shamdasani called the practice a "serious violation" of children's rights and called the separations "arbitrary and unlawful".

The U.N. human rights office is calling on the Trump administration to "immediately halt" its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing us border with Mexico.

Most crossing the U.S. southern border are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador where there is rampant violence and persecution targeting children and young adults, he said.

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"The use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles", she said.

If anything, Trump's tweet just proves that outrage over the draconian policy isn't going away.

Sessions announced early last month that there would be a zero tolerance policy, with all those without papers crossing into the USA charged with illegal entry before they could submit a request for political asylum.

For the United Nations, it was a matter of great concern that in the United States "migration control appears to have been prioritized over the effective care and protection of migrant children", Ms. Shamdasani said. The HHS is now required to fingerprint all immigrant parents coming forward to claim their children, creating a fear of prosecution for coming to collect them.

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Several hundred children crossing the southern US border have been held in custody since October 2017 following an executive order issued by US President Donald Trump when he took office in January 2017, it said.

As I said, detention is never in the best interest of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.

So while separating families might not have been the administration's intention, it is an obvious effect of the policy. In April, the New York Times estimated that more than 700 children had been taken from parents or guardians in the prior six months, and NBC News estimates that there are now 550 children in custody at the border.

The US says the policy aims to stem a surge of poor families mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras pouring into the United States. It has also said that some adults falsely claim to be the parents of accompanying children, a genuine problem, and that it has to sort out their claims.

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