This should embarrass every American.
Courtesy of Wapo:
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Monday that she is “appalled by the conditions” being forced upon migrants after they cross the southern U.S. border and admonished the federal government for failing to find noncustodial alternatives.
“Any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort,” she said, adding that where detention is necessary, it should be for the shortest period and under conditions that satisfy international human rights standards.
“Clearly, border management measures must comply with the State’s human rights obligations and should not be based on narrow policies aimed only at detecting, detaining and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants,” Bachelet said.
The high commissioner singled out the treatment of migrant children, saying she was “deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions.”
In 2018, Bachelet’s predecessor as high commissioner criticized the Trump administration’s child-separation policy. “The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said at the time.
On Monday, Bachelet said immigration detention — which she noted is never in the best interests of a child — can have a significant effect on a child’s health and development. “[C]onsider the damage being done every day by allowing this alarming situation to continue,” she said.
Several human rights bodies have determined that detention of migrant children under current conditions at the U.S. border violates international law as “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?
This is a person who has visited the worst places on the planet and witnessed the worst suffering experienced by human beings, and our detention centers have shocked her to her core.
You know I can still remember when America was a beacon for human rights and the gold standard for the treatment of immigrants entering our country.
If anybody ever asks you how long it takes to undo all the goodwill accumulated by a county in a little over a century, you can now honestly answer them with “Oh, about two and a half years, give or take.”