The UN’s Human Rights Council released a statement addressing President Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ immigration policy.
A panel of 11 human rights experts contributed to the statement in which it was said the president’s recent executive order, ostensibly to halt the controversial separations, failed to resolve the problem and “may lead to indefinite detention of entire families in violation of international human rights standards.”
“This executive order does not address the situation of those children who have already been pulled away from their parents. We call on the government of the US to release these children from immigration detention and to reunite them with their families based on the best interests of the child, and the rights of the child to liberty and family unity. Detention of children is punitive, severely hampers their development, and in some cases may amount to torture.”
The panel of experts added, “Children are being used as a deterrent to irregular migration, which is unacceptable.”
Human rights groups have balked at Trump’s order, issued last Wednesday, which offered scant details on how to deal with the more than 2,300 children already detained by the U.S. government since the “zero tolerance” policy was enacted by the president’s administration in mid-April.
As has been repeatedly addressed, entering the United States outside the legal framework is only a misdemeanor, and the new policy did not differentiate asylum seekers from those who cited any other reason. Even with that, the ports at which one could seek asylum have been closing and there have been hundreds of arrests of immigrants right outside of would-be asylum ports.