This week, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a 20+ page report demanding that President Trump and the United States free all illegal aliens who are awaiting immigration hearings. These demands were made by a U.N. Working Group that described detention as a “measure of last resort” and declared that the practice violates human rights and international law.
This U.N. panel launched an initiative to deter the United States from detaining illegal aliens and foreign refugees; instead, the panel feels alternative measures should be taken instead. According to Reuters, the full 23-page report requests the immediate release of all foreign nationals who are awaiting trial and immigration hearings in the United States. The request includes asylum seekers, those who committed crimes and those in the country illegally and describes the current process as “punitive, unreasonably long, unnecessary and costly” by the U.N.
How Many Illegal Immigrants Are Included?
Each year, the United States detains about 352,000 people as they await immigration hearings. The Obama administration invited this United Nations Working Group to investigate and create this report in October of 2016, just before the stunning Clinton election loss.
The report reads as follows:
“The Working Group is of the view that all administrative detention, in particular of immigrants in an irregular situation, should be in accordance with international human rights law; and that such detention is to be a measure of last resort, necessary and proportionate and be not punitive in nature, and that alternatives to detention are to be sought whenever possible.”
The U.N. group interviewed fewer than 300 illegal immigrants and detainees as part of the information gathering process, visiting California, Illinois and Texas in the process. The working group reported that the detainees were held in prison like conditions, and found that they should have the right to seek asylum during the detention process. Citing international law, the report described the illegal immigrants and detainees as subject to international law, not United States law during their court proceedings.
The Working Group also faulted the length of time that illegal immigrants were detained; in some cases, detention lasted from six months to up to a year as the cases were resolved. Further concerns in the report took aim at President Trump’s January 2017 executive order, which allowed for more detention of those in the country illegally or those illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the nation.
While Obama favored a far more permissive policy on illegal immigration, President Trump has declared the detention of illegals as a needed step to protect American citizens.
“Under the order, apprehended individuals may be detained ‘on suspicion’ of violating federal or state law, which includes unauthorized entry,” the report said.
Over 350,000 illegal aliens and refugees are detained in the United States each year as they await trial. The U.S. detains these individuals to prevent them from dispersing throughout the country and ignoring requests to come to court for a hearing.
If the United Nation’s demands are met, these individuals would be set free amongst the American public to await hearings. This response would mirror the “Catch and Release” program created by former President Obama, which relied on illegal immigrants to willingly turn up for immigration hearings, according to Breitbart.
More Alarming Details Emerge
While the U.N. report and requests are already alarming, the additional opposition to President Trump’s executive order on illegal aliens charged with committing violent crimes against American citizens. If the U.N. demands were met, these violent offenders would be released and asked to show up for court at a later date.
The January executive order covers the detention of individuals suspected of violating the law:
“Under the order, apprehended individuals may be detained ‘on suspicion’ of violating federal or state law, which includes unauthorized entry,” according to the U.N. report.
By detaining those breaking laws, the United States can be a safer place for us all; the U.N. report seeks to dismantle these minimal protections and to rely on illegal immigrants (who have already committed the crime of entering the nation without going through the proper channels) to show up for court hearings.
The White House has yet to respond to the report but steps taken in the past indicate that President Trump will continue to take a firm stance on illegal immigration and the protection of United States citizens.
~ Conservative Zone