“I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously this is not the way we do things in Canada.”
In French, he said what is happening in the U.S. “is unacceptable.”
Searing images of children as young as two being separated from parents who have unlawfully crossed the U.S.-Mexican border have triggered a global wave of public outrage, and brought new pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in Washington, which instructed border guards to prosecute every single unlawful border-crosser and asylum-seeker and separate parents from their children. Babies, toddlers and teens have been split from their families, held in cages or put in institutional or foster care over the past several weeks, with estimates ranging from 2,300 up to 6,000 children potentially in U.S. custody.
However, Trudeau did not directly respond to questions about whether he would suspend the agreement Canada has with the United States, which recognizes the U.S. as a “safe third country” to which Canada would turn back would-be refugee claimants if they tried to enter Canada from the U.S.