Heartbreaking audio of wailing children desperately calling out for their parents at the Mexico-US border has been released, highlighting the human toll of Donald Trump’s harsh immigration stand-off.
Democrats, and some in Mr Trump’s own Republican Party, have blasted the administration for separating nearly 2000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May.
Former first lady Laura Bush called the separation policy cruel and immoral, while Republican Senator Susan Collins expressed her concern.
Even First Lady Melania Trump appeared to question her husband’s policy on Sunday, while medical professionals have argued the practice could cause lasting trauma to children.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also weighed in, saying refugee and migrant “children must not be traumatised by being separated from their parents”.
In Geneva, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called for the Trump administration to halt the practice, saying it was unconscionable that any country would seek to deter parents from migrating “by inflicting such abuse on children”.