UN professional corrects declare on youngsters in US migration detention

GENEVA (AP) — An out of doors professional working with the U.N. human rights workplace has corrected a determine he cited claiming that over 100,000 youngsters are being held in migrant detention in america.

On Monday, Manfred Nowak, who leads a U.N. World Examine on Youngsters Disadvantaged of Liberty that was revealed this week, instructed reporters: “Now we have greater than — nonetheless greater than — 100,000 youngsters in migration-related detention in america of America.” The Related Press and different main information organizations reported that determine.

However on Tuesday, he instructed The AP that determine was drawn from a U.N. refugee company report citing knowledge from 2015, the most recent determine his group might discover. That was earlier than U.S. President Donald Trump, whose insurance policies on migration have drawn criticism, was elected.

Nowak additionally mentioned the determine of over 100,000 referred to the cumulative variety of migrant youngsters held in detention at any level throughout that yr, whether or not “for 2 days or eight months or the entire yr,” not all concurrently.

He reiterated, nevertheless, that the U.S. is holding way more youngsters than are different international locations for which he has dependable figures.

New U.S. authorities knowledge launched this month discovered 69,550 migrant youngsters have been held in U.S. authorities custody over the previous yr.

The U.S. authorities didn’t reply to the questionnaire of Nowak’s group that requested governments to point each annual and date-specific numbers of migrant youngsters in detention.

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