President Donald Trump has made his opinion of the current crisis with refugees at the border very clear. Just this week, he argued publicly against new court rulings that go against his administration’s policies on immigrant detention, including the separation of these refugees from their children and families. Trump doesn’t see it the way that these judges do, and he’s making his disagreements known in the public sphere.
“I have a solution: tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution, come legally,” he recently told reporters.
This quote came just one day after U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee formally dismissed a request from the Justice Department to permit the detention of children who enter the U.S. illegally for a longer period of time. The Justice Department wanted to add extra time to a ruling that stated the children could only be held for 20 days.
A separate judge ruled back in June that these families need to be reunited as soon as possible. The Trump administration has struggled to follow these rulings, which means that these children’s lives are essentially in limbo.
The zero-tolerance policy in terms of illegal immigration is something that the Trump administration enacted starting in early May. At this point, the majority of Americans and the rest of the world’s opinion on the situation is clear – these families need to be reunited, and we need to ensure that they are being held in safe, healthy conditions during the time they are detained.
The UN Human Rights office made a statement on the situation back in June, and they universally described the policy as violating not only basic human rights but international law.
“[This practice] amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child,” the UN declared in an official statement. “The U.S. should immediately halt this practice of separating families and stop criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offense – that of irregular entry or stay in the U.S.”
Nikki Haley is the ambassador to the U.N., and she released a statement just a few hours after this one fighting back against the accusations.
“Once again, the United Nations shows its hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council,” she wrote.
It’s unclear who exactly she was referring to, but in general the “he did it first!” argument tends to fall flat when it comes to world politics.
“While the High Commissioner’s office ignorantly attacks the United States with words, the United States leads the world with its actions, like providing more humanitarian assistance to global conflicts than any other nation,” she continued. “Neither the United Nations nor anyone else will dictate how the United States upholds its borders.”
While some conservatives online are praising the administration’s new zero-tolerance policy, even the President himself has described the separation of children from their parents as a “horrible law,” and called for “Democrats to end [it].”
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