Slate writer Amanda Marcotte thinks that this whole immigration crisis could have been easily avoided – if the U.S. had just ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Marcotte outlines the “often overcrowded and unhealthy conditions” that the illegals are staying in, then she writes:
“Much of this process just happen to be in direct violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty that expects signatory countries to use a “best interests” of the child standard in crafting laws regarding minors, and that every child migrant be given legal counsel for their immigration hearings. The United States, however, has not ratified the UN treaty, making it the only country in the world besides Somalia not to do so.”
She then echoes Mother Jones in blaming conservatives:
“…The reason the U.S. has not ratified the treaty is because our country’s very powerful Christian right has blocked any attempt to do so, mostly because they’re afraid that it will make it illegal to spank your children.”
“The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has long been a conservative hobby-horse, an issue seized on by conservatives fired up by home-schooling advocate Michael Farris. Farris believes, among other things, that if the United States signed the treaty, ‘parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children,’ parents wouldn’t be able to keep their kids out of sex education, and that children could choose their own religion,” Ericka Eichelberger of Mother Jones writes.
Marcotte then goes on to conclude:
“Nonetheless, having a document that spells out what we promise, as a country, to do for children would provide clarity in the debate over how to handle this child migrant crisis. Unfortunately, this country is in thrall of a religious minority whose desire to control its own children, with violence if necessary, apparently trumps the human rights of all children, even those that aren’t their own.”
What do you think?
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