Ambassador: Deportation Of Child Immigrants May Violate International Treaty

The U.S. may have violated international treaties in the way it has handled thousands of child immigrants being detained in facilities across the country, the Honduran ambassador to the U.S. is claiming.

The U.S. Department of Deportation have scrambled to handle a surge of tens of thousands of “Unaccompanied Children,” or UACs, who come mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Instead of being immediately returned to their home countries after being apprehended, U.S. immigration policy requires the UACs to be housed in federal

Ambassador Jorge Milla Reyes

Ambassador Jorge Milla Reyes

facilities while they are awaiting deportation proceedings.

But Honduras’ ambassador to the U.S. takes issue with the process, saying that deportation may violate international treaties.

“By order of the president, we are doing an in-depth study at the Embassy and the Foreign Ministry of this issue [of deportation],” said the ambassador, Jorge Milla Reyes, according to a Reuters article, which was translated from Spanish.

“We have serious doubts about the possibility of violation of some norms reflected in international treaties,” said Reyes without specifying which international treaties the U.S. may have violated.

In a visit last week to Washington D.C., Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez blamed the U.S. for failing to do enough to fight against drug trafficking, which some claim is one of the main reasons that young people are fleeing Central American countries.

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