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

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2018

"The child's best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives or other administrative concerns".

The UN warned the US regarding its policy and said, "The US should immediately halt this practice". 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".

Under that policy, parents must be separated from children, and the children are handed over to a separate agency where they are then supposed to be placed in the charge of other U.S. guardians.

Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats. They should never do that", he told the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Homeland Security officials have since denied that they separate families as part of a policy of deterrence, but have also faced sharp criticism from President Trump for failing to do more to curb the numbers of migrants crossing the border.

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave direction for all instances of illegal border crossings to be prosecuted.

Shamdasani stressed that children's rights were generally held in high regard in the United States, but expressed regret that it was the only country in the world not to have ratified the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

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As I said, detention is never in the best interest of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.

Poverty, as well as deepening violence from criminal gangs and drug traffickers has driven hundreds of thousands of Central Americans to try to cross the USA border illegally or seek asylum in the country.

"It is therefore of great concern that in the USA, migration control appears to have been prioritised over the effective care and protection of migrant children".

She said that several hundred children, including toddlers, had been separated from their families since October.

"You can't be giving immunity to people who bring children with them, recklessly, and improperly, and illegally", he said.

"We have in the past encouraged all states to use alternatives to detention for asylum seekers while the claims are processed", stated William Spindler, spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency.

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