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U.N. calls on U.S. to find alternatives to child migrant detention

Reuters , Friday 22 Jun 2018
A Mexican woman and her child are held up by the border patrol as they try to enter into Brownsville on June 21, 2018 in Brownsville, Texas. (AFP photo)
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The U.N. human rights office called on the Trump administration on Friday to "overhaul" its migration polices and find alternatives to detention, saying that children should never be held in custody, even with their parents.

"While we acknowledge the U.S. decision not to continue separation, we understand that the practice now will be to detain a child with the parents," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva briefing. "We have said that a child should never be detained in relation to their parents' migration status."

The U.S. military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents were beset by confusion.

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