United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday criticized President Trump’s controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, saying “family unity must be preserved.”
“As a matter of principle, the Secretary-General believes that refugees and migrants should always be treated with respect and dignity, and in accordance with existing international law,” Stephanie Dujaracc, a spokesperson for Guterress, said in a statement obtained by Voice of America.
“Children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents. Family unity must be preserved,” the statement continued.
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The policy, which seeks prosecution for any adult crossing the southern border illegally, has resulted in the separation of hundreds of migrant families. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy last month, stating that the changes would help deter future immigrants from attempting the journey to the United States.
The Portuguese leader issued his remarks just hours after the United Nation’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called on the Trump administration to end its “zero-tolerance” policy, calling the practice abusive.
“The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,” al-Hussein said, citing a statement from the president of the American Association of Pediatrics, who said the “zero-tolerance” policy is “government-sanctioned child abuse.”