The UN human rights office said it was deeply concerned over the zero tolerance policy introduced by the Trump administration to deter illegal immigration.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani warned the United States policy had "led to people caught entering the country irregularly being subjected to criminal prosecution and having their children, including extremely young children, taken away from them as a result".
Trump might be referring to a 2008 law passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush, but that legislation is focused on children who illegally cross the border without a guardian, known as unaccompanied minors.
"The use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles", Shamdasani said during a briefing in Geneva. The convention explicitly states that children "should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding", and has been active for almost three decades.
Shamdasani told a United Nations briefing Tuesday that the practice of separating families amounted to an "arbitrary and unlawful" interference in family life, calling it a "serious violation" of the rights of children. Trump didn't even bother to make clear the Democratic law that ostensibly forced his hand on the issue, because one does not exist.
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Sessions said the children are being "properly taken care of", but told Hewitt that the law requires children be separated from their parents.
Meanwhile, NBC reported Tuesday that "border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents", and that out of the 550 children who have been held longer than 72 hours, 300 were under the age of 12.
Peter Boogaard, a former DHS and White House official in the Obama administration and now a spokesman for immigration reform group FWD.us says these children having nowhere to go and being away from their parents is not entirely the fault of HSS.
Asked about comments by senior United States officials that it was normal to remove children from parents in custody, Ms Shamdasani said: "There is nothing normal about detaining children". He says the agency wasn't given enough warning to prepare for the children's arrival.
But Trump doesn't want you to blame him for enacting the policy that literally divides families and places children in the custody of the government, potentially for extended period of time while their parents are prosecuted. Detention is never in the best interests of the child.