OAS approves resolution condemning US family separation policy

Washington, June 30: The Organization of American States (OAS) approved here on Friday a Mexican-sponsored resolution that denounces US President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has led to the separation of hundreds of children from their parents. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – poor and violence-wracked countries that are the source of a large number of asylum seekers in the US), surprisingly was approved by consensus, and without US opposition, during a session of the OAS’s Permanent Council, Efe reported. But after it was approved, the US ambassador to the OAS, Carlos Trujillo, addressed the session to say his country welcomes legal immigrants but that it also has a sovereign right to defend its borders and set its own immigration policy.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that people who crossed the border without authorization would face criminal prosecution. That zero tolerance approach represents a drastic change from past practice and has seen some 2,300 children taken from their parents and placed in shelters. (IANS)