The United Nations has called on the administration of US President Donald Trump to “immediately halt” its controversial practice of separating Central American immigrant children from their parents at the southern border.
The UN human rights office on Tuesday censured the Trump administration for its “zero tolerance” policy about undocumented immigrants in which some families have been separated after crossing the border.
The rights office said that “children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents’ migration status. Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.”
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a UN briefing that the practice of separating children from families “amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child.”
She warned the American policy had “led to people caught entering…