U.S. abusing human rights

On June 15, President Donald Trump referred to his policy of separating families at the border as a negotiating tool.

I want to be very clear about this: Separating children from their parents for the misdemeanor of crossing an invisible line is not a negotiating tool, nor is it a reasonable or just punishment for this relatively minor victimless crime.

It is a human rights abuse.

It is cruel, inhumane and torturous, and the practice must be brought to an immediate end. To make matters worse, on June 19, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. would be leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council.

So, now, the “shining city on a hill” that is supposed to project the virtues of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world is brazenly flaunting human rights and announcing to the world its disdain for bodies trying to protect human rights.

What have we become, and when will we stop this catastrophe?

Ross Kleinstuber