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Fact check: Trump blames Dems for border separations

Fact check: Trump blames Dems for border separations Fact check: Trump blames Dems for border separations
Gerardo Duncan | 08 June, 2018, 15:46

Shamdasani said the practice was a "serious violation" of the rights of children.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are running out of space to hold migrant children who have been separated from their families, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Most crossing the United States southern border are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador where there is rampant violence and persecution targeting children and young adults, he said.

"The use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles", she says. "Started the Wall", he added, referring to the building of a fence meant to halt illegal crossings into the United States which he made a key campaign pledge. The HHS is now required to fingerprint all immigrant parents coming forward to claim their children, creating a fear of prosecution for coming to collect them. Announced April 6 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new policy directs authorities to prosecute all instances of illegal border crossings, even against people with few or no previous offenses.

The rights office said in a statement that "children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents' migration status".

This May, the Trump administration enacted a "zero tolerance" policy on the Mexican border by prosecuting all adults crossing into the us and separating them from their children. "The child's best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives or other administrative concerns".

The administration has characterized its policy as being about illegal immigration, though numerous detained migrants - including those in families that are split apart - enter at official border crossings and request asylum, which is not an illegal entry.

Last year, as Homeland Security secretary, John F. Kelly raised the idea of separating children from their families when they entered the country as a way to deter movement across the Mexican border.

Shamdasani stressed that children's rights were "generally held in high regard" in the United States, but she lamented that the country was the only one in the world that had not yet ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has also said that some adults falsely claim to be the parents of accompanying children, a genuine problem, and that it has to sort out their claims.

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