US freshman democratic representative Ilhan Omar claimed this week that the United Nations should deal with the crisis on the Mexico-US Southern Border, Daily Caller reported.
“There is no good way to detain immigrants,” she said. “We are treating people like criminals when they have not committed a crime.”
Before speaking in Minneapolis, the Representative wrote on her Twitter: “I will always be an advocate for a just immigration system because we don’t need a militarized agency to target innocent people and separate families.”
I will always be an advocate for a just immigration system because we don’t need a militarized agency to target innocent people and separate families.
This week I will be hosting an immigration symposium on reforming the system.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) August 25, 2019
“Listen, folks. We’re really losing our moral high ground,” Omar told a crowd. “It doesn’t make any sense for us to be committing these kind of human rights violations, to have these policies in the way we interact with migrants and asylum seekers if we want to continue to be the kind of country that condemns countries in Africa, in Asia or Latin American countries for its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.”
She went on suggesting that the only way to resolve the crisis was involving the UN.
“So we should do what any other country does, by dealing with this situation in a serious way. So we have to bring in the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, an agency that has the expertise and the training to handle massive flows of refugees humanely,” she said.
Omar’s remarks come amid rising tensions at the Southern Border. The number of migrants keeps rising, despite both US and Mexico’s measures to prevent illegal immigration, including building a border wall, “Remain in Mexico” program and safe third country agreements.
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