MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell, The Last Word:
“At the order of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, children are separated at the border from their parents and are being put in cages in detention centers.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that this new immigration practice (never done before under previous administrations) of separating children from their parents “amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child…”
There is no law that requires the Trump Administration to do this; the policy itself is illegal and a violation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights for Children. It is an executive order that comes directly from the White House. It was implemented by President Trump on May 7, 2018. It has nothing to do with Congress, the Democrats or prior administrations.
Maria Teresa Kumar reports on the situation of children and immigrants in the US under the Trump policy.
ACLU has reported that children as young as two years old are separated from their parents; that babies as young as 53 weeks old are facing proceedings in Court without their parents.
The Trump Administration is on course to change the status of 20 million residents of the US from ‘documented’ immigration status to ‘undocumented’ status by 2020.