Antigua and Barbuda is preparing for a backlash as it plans to support Mexico at the Organisation of American States (OAS).
Mexico is sponsoring a resolution condemning the United States of America for separating migrant children from their parents at the border.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne called the Trump administration decision “very barbaric” and said, “our country will be supporting that resolution against the United States.”
He noted that the US has a propensity to threaten small countries with punitive action whenever they exercise their sovereign right “and I would not be surprised if this may not be one such decision.”
Browne said while the US had a right to protect its borders, putting children in cages is unacceptable.
“Antigua and Barbuda stands against such barbaric acts and whatever the consequences they can feel free to proceed.”
As a matter of policy, the US government is separating families who seek asylum in the US by crossing the border illegally.
Dozens of parents are being split from their children each day — the children labeled “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government custody or foster care, the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail.
Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day.
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