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OAS calls on the US to reunite migrant families as soon as possible



WASHINGTON – The Organization of American States called on the United States on Friday to prosecute President Donald Trump's decision to stop the separation of migrant families on the southern border.

The 34-State Regional bloc also called on the US to reunite migrant children with their parents as soon as possible.

The OAS resolution was adopted without debate and vote. The US delegation did not block its acceptance, but its block ambassador, Carlos Trujillo, commented in footnotes to the resolution: "The United States will continue to exercise its sovereignty over its immigration policy."

The action taken by the Trump administration was much more critical than that of Mexico, Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, suggesting that the US authorities had "no option to resort to the separation of migrant families."

The resolution was watered down after leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras met Vice-President Mike Pence in Guatemala on Thursday. According to Honduran diplomat Luis Cordero, the three Central American leaders "appreciate" Trump's executive measures to ban children from their imprisoned parents. Nonetheless, the resolution calls on Washington not to prosecute asylum seekers and urges human rights investigators to visit the southern border to assess the impact of migration policies. The resolution describes any migration policy that leads to the separation of families as a violation of human rights, especially of children and adolescents.

Under Trump's policy, the government is prosecuting all migrants who enter the country without permission. Some 2,000 children who have separated from their parents following the illegal border crossing are still being held, and many families say they do not know how to locate them.

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