On the heels of a federal court ruling on Monday that found President Donald Trump’s restrictions on asylum claims unlawful, Amnesty International USA marked World Children’s Day with a demand that the administration immediately stop detaining migrant children.
“This World Children’s Day, children are locked up behind bars in the United States with their families, indefinitely, in fear of what will happen to them next.”
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After worldwide outrage over Trump’s policy that forcibly separated thousands of children from their parents—many of whom came to the United States seeking asylum—led to its repeal and a court mandated the reunification of families, the administration opted to detain families together despite warnings of the impact on kids.
“What the U.S. government is doing is abhorrent,” Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang declared in a statement Tuesday. The administration, she noted, “could release these families while they pursue their asylum claims.”
“All children deserve to be safe and protected, to live with their parents and their families, and to have their voices heard,” Huang added. “Instead, this World Children’s Day, children are locked up behind bars in the United States with their families, indefinitely, in fear of what will happen to them next.”
Specifically, Amnesty—along with American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Dilley Pro Bono Project—is calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release the hundreds of families in prolonged detention at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Many of them came to the U.S. fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
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