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Minister: Canadian Values

minister: Amnesty International also weighed in, describing children being torn from the arms of their parents and placed into cages as nothing short of torture. ; But Trudeau would not offer an opinion on the controversial policy, saying his role as prime minister is to stand up for Canadian values but also to maintain a constructive relationship with the U.S. What we will not do is play politics with this, the prime minister said, according to National Observer. We understand how important it is to be firm and unequivocal as we protect and support human rights around the world. The U.S. government is under fire for its zero tolerance policy including from the human rights chief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which condemned the practice Monday as unconscionable. And we will continue to do that both by example and by engagement with the world. As part of the policy, all irregular or undocumented migrants to the U.S. are being referred for federal prosecution and their children are taken and placed in holding facilities. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the so-called zero tolerance policy in April as a response to a spike in illegal border crossings by asylum seekers in the United States. ( As reported in the news.