Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Theresa May attacks 'deeply disturbing' treatment of children in United States immigration centres

Theresa May attacks 'deeply disturbing' treatment of children in United States immigration centres

The Prime Minister was more measured than her political opponents in denouncing Donald Trump and the practice of separating children from their parents. This is not the United Kingdom's approach.

A 2017 petition signed by more than 1 million people demanded that Trump is denied a visit with the queen, arguing that his "well-documented misogyny and vulgarity" would "embarrass Her Majesty".

On Monday, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump - who visits Britain next month, defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S. -Mexico border as furore grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, spurred by video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

Trump will be visiting Britain for the first time since becoming president on 13 July.

Since this is not a state visit, the pair don't necessarily have to meet, but according to Sky News the USA ambassador in London said that Trump will be meeting Her Majesty.

"On what we have seen in the United States, pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing", she said.

He said her answer was "disappointing" and 'we should all be unreservedly condemning the actions of Donald Trump'.

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Since the White House announced a new "zero-tolerance" approach towards immigration in early May, US authorities have taken more than 2,300 children from their parents at the US border. Facing domestic and global 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.

The commander-in-chief has previously been promised a full state visit when Theresa May visited Washington past year, but officials have previously confirmed Mr Trump would not be taking up the offer this time around.

"When we disagree with the United States we tell them so", she told MPs.

Asked today whether the President would meet the Queen, US Ambassador Woody Johnson said: "He has to see the head of state".

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Mass protests across Britain are expected.

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