Amnesty International USA offended by Trump admin’s claim court forcing it to separate immigrant families

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Amnesty International USA on Tuesday described as “pure disinformation” a claim by the Trump administration that the court is forcing it to separate immigrant families at the border as they try to seek asylum in the United States.

“The administration’s statement that the court is forcing its hand to separate families is pure disinformation,” Denise Bell, the researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA said while responding to the Department of Homeland Security’s statement regarding the pending Flores court decision.

Bell said on the contrary, ICE’s actions have contributed to the “untenable situation” of family separations.

She accused the Trump administration of “consistently” acting “to keep families detained, instead of releasing them together, which is well within its discretion to do.”

“The government that has sought a path fundamentally destructive of a child’s best interests and family unity by keeping families together through prolonged detention. ICE has the authority to release parents with their children, and has historically done so.  But now, it’s doubled down on detention simply to deter and punish families for seeking safety.

“The Department of Homeland Security flouts bedrock principles – the best interests of the child and family unity – so that it can continue to lock up families who came to this country to seek safety. This administration knows that it is well past time that they release families together but is deliberately choosing cruelty.

“The government’s protests that it is standing up for family unity is deceptive and a public relations move. ICE supports family unity only if it’s in detention. This is the same administration that implemented a policy and practice of forcible family separation in 2018 and yet now maintains it is an advocate of family unity. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the administration is as concerned about the welfare of these families as it claims, it should release families together immediately,” Bell added.

Simon Ateba
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