During the last few days we have witnessed the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, adopting a zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated more than 2,000 children and adolescents from their families. The minors remain in detention centres – which are literally cages – in subhuman conditions subjected to the anguish of not knowing where their parents are, what will happen to them and when they will meet again with their family. This policy is, to put clearly and simply, cruel: a child, or even a teenager, who is forcefully separated from their family is in constant anguish – a condition that can only be considered torture deliberately inflicted by the US authorities.
The strong and unanimous condemnation of the international community of such unjust and inhumane acts led President Trump to issue a new executive order to end the separation of migrant families. However, the emergency persists since the American authorities do not have a defined plan on how to reunite with their families the thousands of children who have been separated from them.
We join the voices of the international community that have condemned these acts and demand that the governments of the United States, Mexico and Central America take all necessary measures to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
We know that the issue of migration is complex in the United States and Europe, but it is not at the expense of the dignity of the people or by separating families and inflicting fear and anguish on children that the problem is going to be resolved. That is not what is expected of democratic countries.
We all want a better society, so it is important to insist on building it based on respect for freedoms and human dignity. We dedicate ourselves to promote these values and we will continue doing it with conviction.