Forget the awful conditions at border migrant camps – Trump only has eyes for 2020

Analysis: Widespread condemnation over the treatment of refugees and migrants won’t force the president to act

Chris Stevenson
Tuesday 09 July 2019 01:32
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks out against 'unconscionable' living conditions in migrant detention camps

Normally, when the United Nations or Pope Francis speak, whichever government they are aiming their remarks at will at least acknowledge them, or certainly act like they are paying attention.

On Monday, the pontiff said that “nobody is exempt” from helping migrants, obliquely admonishing Washington and Rome for their callous disregard for the “weakest and most vulnerable”. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, went even further – saying the act of keeping children in overcrowded camps left her “deeply shocked”.

Perhaps Donald Trump is just used to it. From would-be travel bans to his treatment and demonising of immigrants, the UN and Pope Francis have lectured the US president multiple times.

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