"We are deeply concerned that the zero tolerance policy recently put in place along the United States southern border has 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", wrote Human Rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.
Sessions announced early last month that there would be a zero tolerance policy, with all those without papers crossing into the USA charged with illegal entry before they could submit a request for political asylum.
"Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents' migration status".
"There is nothing normal about detaining children", she said.
The U.N. rights office doesn't want families separated and also doesn't want anyone - children or adults - jailed for illegal migration, saying it should not be seen as a crime, but an administrative offense.
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While the policy doesn't make mention of separating families, USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. She said border control appears to take precedence over child protection and care in the U.S. Almost half of these children are under the age of 12, according to documents obtained by the news network.
Nearly half of those 300 kids are under the age of 12.
The stations are run by border patrol and by no means equipped for the longterm housing and care of children. The US is separating immigrant children from their parents in a bid to discourage illegal immigration. U.S. Health and Human Services now has 11,200 unaccompanied children under its care, and takes an average of 45 days to place each child with a sponsor. He says the agency wasn't given enough warning to prepare for the children's arrival. "They should never do that", he told the Hugh Hewitt Show. Trump didn't even bother to make clear the Democratic law that ostensibly forced his hand on the issue, because one does not exist.
Trump's "pardon" storm grows deeper Justice Department adding over 300 assistant USA attorneys Trump can't hide behind Jeff Sessions, so he lashes out MORE on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families, arguing that the measure promotes border security and that the children are "well taken care of".
"We call on the U.S. authorities to adopt non-custodial alternatives that allow children to remain with their families and fulfill the best interests of the child, their right to liberty and their right to family life".