United Nations: America holds more than 100,000 children for immigration reasons[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019-11-18 23:17 • 11 times read[/rtl]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US authorities are holding more than 100,000 children on immigration-related grounds, including minors with relatives, according to a United Nations study released on Monday.
Manfred Nowak, one of the leading authors of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, said the total number of detainees currently at 103,000.
Novak revealed that this figure was based on the latest official data available as well as from other sources that are “very credible”.
According to the study published on Monday, at least 330,000 children from 80 countries are being held globally for immigration reasons, which means that the United States is holding about a third of the total number of these children.
"Detention of children for immigration reasons cannot be considered at all to be in the best interests of the children," Novak told reporters in Geneva.
He explained, “The number 103,000 includes children who arrived at the US border without being accompanied by their parents, those detained with their relatives and those separated from their relatives in preparation for detention.”