Trump Must Stop Separating Migrant Children From Parents

Frederick Owens
June 8, 2018

"The child's best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives or other administrative concerns", she said.

"The US should immediately halt this practice of separating families and stop criminalising what should be at most an administrative offence: That of irregular entry and stay in the US", Shamdasani said.

"The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child", she said.

The US defends its policy saying it's a way to stop "illegal" immigration.

As of Sunday, almost 300 of the 550 children now in custody at USA border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government's temporary facilities. "Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can't get their act together!", he said. "That's an offense", Mr. Sessions told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.

If anything, Trump's tweet just proves that outrage over the draconian policy isn't going away. The policy, announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, directs authorities to prosecute all instances of illegal border crossings.

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"Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents' migration status".

The administration has characterized its policy as being about illegal immigration, though numerous detained migrants - including those in families that are split apart - enter at official border crossings and request asylum, which is not an illegal entry.

"It would be highly inappropriate and even unsafe to hold children for extended periods in these short-term border facilities because they often lack the adequate medical and nutritional resources for these young people", said Greg Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The United States is the only UN member state not to have ratified the "Convention on the Rights of the Child". 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.

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.

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