Corbyn Labels U.S. Migrant Children Family Separation Policy 'Tragic and Shocking'

Published June 20th, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Twitter)
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Twitter)

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has denounced as “tragic and shocking” U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their families at U.S.-Mexico border.

The opposition leader said in a tweet on Tuesday that Trump’s immigration policy of zero tolerance was “immoral” as the process meant border guards separating children from their parents.

“It's tragic and shocking to see innocent children caged like animals at U.S. migrant camps and to hear their cries of anguish after being forcibly separated from their parents,” Corbyn wrote.

“It's immoral and goes against fundamental human rights we must always respect, no matter the situation,” he added.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May also distanced herself from Trump’s immigration policy, saying that the UK approach was more “humane.”

The U.N. Human Rights Council blasted on Monday Trump’s new policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexican border, calling it “unconscionable” and akin to child abuse.

 

 

The Trump administration's policy of separating families was announced April 6 and went into effect in May. Previously, people who entered the country illegally and had no criminal record were detained or referred for deportation, and mothers and children usually remained together.

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents over a period of about six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The number is a dramatic uptick from the nearly 1,800 family separations from October 2016 through February 2018.

Currently, there are over 10,000 children being detained in the United States.

The moves by the U.S. government to separate families have been widely decried by the United Nations, medical professionals and a wide swath of U.S. religious leaders.

Members of Congress have introduced legislation to end the practice of separating families, but continue to call on Trump to unilaterally stop the practice.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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