UN rights chief rebukes US over ending amnesty for 'Dreamers’

The top UN human rights official has voiced concern about US President Donald Trump’s decision to end an amnesty for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the country as children, urging the US Congress to give them “durable legal status.”

“I am concerned by the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] program,” UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Monday at the opening of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva.

Zeid underscored DACA’s “positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young migrants, and on the US economy and society.”

“I hope Congress will now act to provide former DACA beneficiaries with durable legal status. I am disturbed by the increase in detentions and deportations of well-established and law-abiding immigrants,” he said.

Zeid also said the number of detentions of migrants with no criminal convictions was 155…

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