"Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats". "The child's best interest should always come first".
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer helps two young boys pick out clothes as they join hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection placement center. That is correct. But under US protocol, if parents are jailed, their children are separated from them because the children aren't charged with a crime. "Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can't get their act together!"
"We are deeply concerned that the zero tolerance policy recently put in place along the U.S. southern border has led to people caught entering the country irregularly being subjected to criminal prosecution and having their children-including extremely young children-taken away from them as a result", wrote Human Rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani. But in a tweet, Trump, who demanded the separation policy be enforced at the beginning of May, blamed opposition Democrats for it. The policy, announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, directs authorities to prosecute all instances of illegal border crossings. The US is the only UN member state that has not ratified the UN convention on children's rights, but since it has ratified similar conventions, it has a legal obligation to every child in "its care", the UN spokesperson says, calling the separations "arbitrary and unlawful".
"Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents' migration status".
Most crossing the USA southern border are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador where there is rampant violence and persecution targeting children and young adults, he said.
He said the majority of children coming illegally to the United States are teenagers, not infants. However, the statement by the United Nations increased the pressure on him and his administration to reverse the policy, and that, at least, is a positive development.
Around 550 children are now in custody at the USA border and almost 300 of them have spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants to be kept in these temporary holdings, according to a report by NBC News.
"There is nothing normal about detaining children", she said.