Pope, May join global outcry over US border separations
Pictures of dozens of children sleeping in cages and audio of children crying for their parents have emerged in recent days, triggering widespread criticism.
Pope Francis and British Prime Minister Theresa May today led global condemnation against the Trump administration's controversial policy of separating children from migrant parents at America's border with Mexico.
It comes after a "zero-tolerance" crackdown on illegal immigration was brought in by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Reacting to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, Pope Francis said he supported US Catholic bishops who said it was "immoral" and "contrary to our Catholic values."
"I am on the side of the bishops' conference," Francis said.
"What's going on in the United States is wrong," he told reporters.
"I can't imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously this is not the way we do things in Canada," Trudeau said.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said the practice was "cruel and inhuman", and clearly violated human rights.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who in the past has praised Trump's policy of curbing immigration, told French TV that she disagreed with splitting children from parents.
The Republican-controlled Congress is under pressure to change President Trump's policy.
Republicans are also scrambling to draft a new immigration bill to address the growing outcry.
President Trump told a group of House Republicans he would back any bill they passed, a White House spokesman said.
Under the "zero-tolerance" approach unveiled in May, all undocumented border crossers are criminally charged and jailed.
Migrant children cannot be held with their parents, and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Under previous US administrations, undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses.
But the Trump administration points out that most of those migrants never showed up for court.
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