Donald Trump Policies Violate Immigrant Rights, Says Government Report

The United States Civil Rights Commission declared on Thursday, October 24, 2019 that President Donald Trump violates the due process protected by the Constitution and the civil rights of immigrants, and has created an unnecessary crisis on the southern border of the country .

Through a 200-page report, the government commission, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, points out as serious concerns the presidential policies on asylum, detention and separation of families.

"As confirmed by newspaper reports, government investigations and public testimonies received by this commission, the Government has implemented immigration policies that appear to violate the constitutional right to due process," the report said.

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Likewise, he points out that in this way "basic standards of medical and mental care" would be violated, while immigrants are persecuted for their nationality, language and gender.

"These policies have resulted in the separation of family units, lasting traumas and distress, in add ition to shocking conditions of detention, both for children and adults," the report said.

The document underlines President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which has resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents and caused "long-term and perhaps irreversible physical, mental and emotional traumas."

The Vice President of the Commission, Patricia Timmons-Goodson, said that it was originally based on official data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services, which did not respond to the requests.

It was then that the Commission sought public testimony, newspaper and government reports, legal documents and expert opinion.

This Commission has eight members: four Democrats, three independents and one Republican. Four of the members are appointed by the president of the United States and the others by both houses of Congress.

Among the recommendations in the report, which are not mandatory by the Government, are requests to Congress for greater transparency and control over immigrant detention centers.

Likewise, it is recommended that urgent laws be passed to end the separation of families, acceptable conditions are defined in detention centers and greater resources are allocated to reduce the delay in immigration courts in cases of asylum requests.

According to the website of the agency itself, the American Civil Rights Commission is an independent government agency responsible for investigating complaints of fraud in matters that deprive a citizen of their rights based on race, religion, sex or their country of origin.

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