UK's Theresa May comes out against United States child separation policy

Charlene Craig
June 23, 2018

"It is tragic and shocking to see innocent children caged like animals and to hear their cries of anguish after being forcibly separated from their parents", he wrote.

Originally the US President was invited for a full state visit but after an outcry, it was downgraded to a working visit.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Trump administration's policy of separating child refugees from their parents on Wednesday, describing reports of such incidents as "deeply disturbing" and "wrong".

"Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing, because she is head of state".

The President's advance teams will be in the United Kingdom next week to sort out more details of the visit, st to be scheduled on Friday, July 13.

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May said she would raise the issue with Trump when the pair meet in Britain next month.

Thousands of children have been separated from parents as part of the zero tolerance policy, which mandates that all asylum seekers who cross the border illegally be prosecuted. "When we disagree with the United States", the prime minister said, "we tell them so".

She was responding to Mr Blackford, who said her answer was "disappointing" and declared: "We should all be unreservedly condemning the actions of Donald Trump".

Although it is not a formal state visit, which would include pomp, pageantry and a banquet with the queen, Trump will still meet the monarch, Johnson said.

Responding to a question from the SNP's leader in the Commons Ian Blackford on whether the United Kingdom should be "rolling out the red carpet" for the President, Mrs May said: "The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing". Facing domestic and worldwide outrage, Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that ends family separation, instead keeping families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings.

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The president's visit has most recently been described as a "working visit" after being downgraded from a state visit by Prime Minister Theresa May past year. From Vladimir Putin to Robert Mugabe, the queen has hosted many foreign leaders over the years.

Despite firm details still being arranged, it is thought that the meeting will take place at Windsor Castle as it will be closed off to the public on July 13.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Mass protests across Britain are expected.

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