Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

U.S. should stop detaining migrants, separating children: U.N.

U.S. should stop detaining migrants, separating children: U.N.

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

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

Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the US border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, according to two USA officials and a document obtained by NBC News.

The United States is the only country in the world that has not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and recently adopted a zero-tolerance policy with undocumented migrants.

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"The child's best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives or other administrative concerns", she continued, emphasizing that the policy "runs counter to human rights standards and principles".

Some say illegal aliens might be using children to play the immigration system as migrants understand their asylum claims are invalid.

"Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation", she said.

The policy of separating families at the border was announced by Trump's attorney general and implemented by Trump's administration.

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Under that policy, parents must be separated from children, and the children are handed over to a separate agency where they are then supposed to be placed in the charge of other U.S. guardians.

"What's happening now is a broad indication of a total lack of planning or forethought for the policy they enacted", Peter Boogaard, spokesman for immigration reform group FWD.us and a former Obama Administration official, told NBC. 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 zero-tolerance policy is an attempt to reduce the thousands of Central Americans, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, who cross the US-Mexico border each week asking for asylum from violence in their own countries, according to the Guardian.

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