Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

Around 1,500 children who arrived at the border alone are unaccounted for officials say

Around 1,500 children who arrived at the border alone are unaccounted for officials say

A statement released today from spokeswoman for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Ravina Shamdasani, outlines everything wrong with the Trump administration's increasingly enforced policy of separating kids from their parents at the USA and Mexico border.

"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". "Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats", he wrote.

"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. "Started the Wall", Trump tweeted.

The United States - the only country in the world not to have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - still has obligations as a signatory to that treaty and as a party that has ratified other rights treaties, Ms Shamdasani said. Shamdasani said the practice was a "serious violation" of the rights of children.

In fact, no law requires separating children from families, and the practice was put in place by his administration just months ago.

"Border security laws should be changed but the Dem (ocrat) s cant get their act together".

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

The Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said a week ago, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported.

And Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration's top law enforcement official, said the policy was legal and necessary. 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 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.

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