Trump Must Stop Separating Migrant Children From Parents

Trump Must Stop Separating Migrant Children From Parents

Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani scolded the US for its "zero tolerance" policy in which some families have been separated after migration across the border. "Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation".

Also on Tuesday, NBC reported that "border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents", and that out of the 550 children who have now been held longer than 72 hours, 300 were under the age of 12.

He said the children are taken to Health and Human Services within 72 hours of entering the U.S.to make sure they are well taken care of.

Homeland Security officials have since denied that they separate families as part of a policy of deterrence, but have also faced sharp criticism from President Trump for failing to do more to curb the numbers of migrants crossing the border.

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"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.

While the policy doesn't make mention of separating families, U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

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

The stations, run by the Border Patrol and meant only as the first stop for children detained at the border, often lack adequate bedding or separate sleeping rooms for children.

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He said the majority of children coming illegally to the United States are teenagers, not infants.

So while separating families might not have been the administration's intention, it is an obvious outcome of the policy. The new "zero tolerance" policy has resulted in hundreds of migrant kids being separated from their parents and sent to border stations, according to NBC News.

The US says the policy aims to stem a surge in the number of poor families, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, entering the country.

"You can't be giving immunity to people who bring children with them, recklessly, and improperly, and illegally", he said.

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