On Wednesday US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of migrant families who have attempted to cross the border into the United States of America. The executive order directed the Homeland Security Department to “maintain custody of alien families” while their cases move through the immigration system, “to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations.” It’s a matter that has attracted the attention of the global society with countries and human rights organization condemning Trump’s Zero Tolerance on Immigration stance. In Belize, Minister of State responsible for Immigration Beverly Williams describes the matter as one of moral and humanitarian crisis for the USA.
Minister of Immigration Beverly Williams: It should have been condemned and it was condemned around the world for those actions and bring to mind the whole mind of the US and how they are quick to blacklist countries, who will blacklist the US for that Atrocious behavior? That is my comment on that.
Reporter: An even withdrawing from the UN Human Rights council.
Minister of Immigration Beverly Williams: They never gratified, most of the treaties and the agreements that we have gratified, the one on the rights of the child they have not gratified that one. I believe that will be a function when we go to the United Nations indeed to have condemned an action. I don’t think any right thinking Belize listening to the audio would have sanctioned that kind of behavior and refer to it as a law or a policy. As I said it’s America.
Trump’s order also directs the attorney general to “prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.”