Donald Trump’s immigration policies are cruel — and getting more so by the day. His administration has been separating migrant children from their parents, and they have lost 1,500 migrant children during the process of trying to punish their parents for crossing the border. Some of these crossings are not illegal, either, because they are people seeking asylum, which is perfectly legal.
The likes of Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have boasted of this tactic being a deterrent to illegal border crossings, but there is a very important entity that sees this for the exercise in cruelty and inhumane violations of human rights that it is: the United Nations.
The UN human rights office has demanded that Trump and his criminal administration, quote, “immediately halt” their separation of desperate migrant families. Ravina Shamdasani, speaking on behalf of the UN human rights office says of what the Trump Administration is doing:
Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own parents’ migration status. Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.”
Of course, John Kelly insisted that nothing untoward is happening to the children they are ripping from their parents’ arms so callously, and said just a month ago of the practice:
The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”
Of course, we cannot be so sure of that, considering that they wouldn’t even let a sitting United States Senator tour a facility in which the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is detaining some of these children. When Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) tried to tour a facility, they had the police called on him. The facility’s windows were blacked out, and they refused to let him in or even have a meaningful conversation. So, that should tell us all that they are hiding what are likely inhumane and deplorable conditions and treatment of these children.
If Trump does not comply with what the United Nations is demanding, they should take action against him, just like they would any other nation that would engage in such egregious violations of human rights.
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