Trump makes US a hypocrite on human rights
That puts innumerable men, women and children in harm’s way.
US officials have shared that detention facilities are overwhelmed by an influx of migrants across our southern border. In a letter she wrote to Congress in March, former Department of Home Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked for assistance and cited overflowing facilities with the potential for a “system-wide meltdown.”
The DHS also has written a public report noting dangerous overcrowding and the prolonged detention of children.
A more recent House Oversight Committee report detailed the ongoing nightmare of Trump’s policy of separating children from their families.
These inhumane conditions aren’t just grabbing domestic headlines — the world is watching. The United Nations said last year that the Trump administration’s child separation policy violates international law, while the organization’s commissioner for human rights was “appalled” by the current conditions of migrant facilities in the US and said that the administration’s treatment of migrants may violate international law.
The ICE raids targeting approximately 2,000 people that began Sunday could put additional strain on already overwhelmed detention facilities. If we can’t guarantee the basic human rights of migrants currently under our care, potentially adding more to the mix is a human rights disaster waiting to happen.
The United States, under successive Presidents from both parties, has been a champion for human rights around the world. Violating these rights here at home, however, makes the goal of promoting them around the world all the more difficult – hypocrisy doesn’t provide the US much leverage.