Last Monday, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention claimed in its panel of “experts” report that the United States is violating international law by virtue of its widespread detention of would-be immigrants including asylum-seekers. “The Working Group is of the view that all administrative detention, in particular of immigrants in an irregular situation, should be in accordance with international human rights law; and that such detention is to be a measure of last resort, necessary and proportionate and be not punitive in nature, and that alternatives to detention are to be sought whenever possible,” the report said.
Although the report was based on the panel’s observations during a visit to the United States last fall at the invitation of the Obama administration, the “experts” were especially critical of President Trump’s executive order in January and an implementing memorandum that “lay the groundwork for expanding the existing detention system by increasing the number of individuals subject to immigration detention.” They objected to steps under consideration by the Department of Homeland Security to further “deter illegal immigration from Mexico.”
The Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is Mr. José Guevara of Mexico, which calls into question the objectivity of the report over which he presided since his country has a keen interest in encouraging continued mass migration of its poorest citizens into the United States. In any event, the panel’s report ignores the fact that there has actually been a sharp decline in immigrant detentions during the Trump administration as compared to comparable periods during the Obama administration.
While U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a 16 percent increase in apprehensions and inadmissible persons at ports of entry along the Southwest Border in July, “these numbers represent a 47 percent decrease as compared to July of 2016, and year-to-date totals for FY (fiscal year) 2017 are 22 percent lower than the same period in FY 2016.” Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 years old) apprehensions declined 26 percent during fiscal year 2017 from October 1, 2016 through July 31, as compared with the same period during fiscal year 2016.
Deterrence of illegal entry by individuals before the fact is more humane to those individuals who remain free than detention of migrants after their illegal entry. Declining apprehensions and detentions on President Trump’s watch should please the UN “experts,” who are supposed to focus on the specter of “arbitrary” detention. However, these “experts” will not be pleased with anything less than open borders and the virtual end of migrant detentions altogether. The “experts” do not like the fact that would-be immigrants are heeding warnings that immigration laws in the United States will be rigorously enforced for the first time in eight years and are deciding for themselves not to chance illegal crossings into the U.S.
Every country has the inherent sovereign right to protect its own borders from illegal migration. Economic migrants do not have any right under international law to enter into another country’s sovereign territory at will against the laws of that country and demand to be welcomed with open arms. Moreover, every country has the right to carefully vet asylum-seekers before they are admitted.
The United Nations is an organization of sovereign countries according to its Charter, not a sovereign entity unto itself as its bureaucrats and globalist supporters would prefer. The U.S. Constitution protects Americans from having their core liberties as a free sovereign people undermined by a vague global governance “value system” as determined by a gaggle of unelected, unaccountable UN “experts.” That would include the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, whose budget requires some serious trimming.
Joseph A. Klein is the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom.Commenting Policy
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