May calls US images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Clay Curtis
June 22, 2018

"We have a special, long standing and enduring relationship with the United States, and I think that is right that there will be a range of issues I will be discussing with President Trump", she said. "This is not something that we agree with", May said.

President Donald Trump will meet the Queen on his visit to the United Kingdom in July.

She also hinted that a direct discussion of the policy would come during Trump's visit to the UK.

The PM confirmed the United Kingdom will still welcome Donald Trump to the United Kingdom later this year as part of a planned visit.

At Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, Mrs May was urged to stand up to Mr Trump over the "zero tolerance" approach to migrants which has seen thousands of children separated from their families on the southern border over recent weeks.

"This is the man that rips young children from parents and locks them in cages!" tweeted one user, referring to a practice of separating families of illegal immigrants arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border.

May calls US images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Speaking to British lawmakers on Wednesday, May said she found photos of children being held in cages "deeply disturbing".

'Indeed, when I was home secretary, I ended the routine detention of families with children'. Facing domestic and worldwide outrage, Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that ends family separation, instead keeping families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings.

Calling May's response "disappointing", Blackford said: "We should all unreservedly be condemning the actions of Donald Trump and I ask the prime minister to do that".

'It is immoral and goes against fundamental human rights.

Earlier this week, Kirstjen Nielsen, America's Homeland Security Secretary, insisted her country had "compassion" but stressed: "Parents who entered illegally are by definition criminals.By entering our country illegally often in unsafe circumstances, illegal immigrants have put their children at risk".

The Trump administration has been the target of a growing chorus of criticism as images of migrant children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations were distributed by the news media and on social media channels.

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