U.S. government policies and practices on immigration, indigenous rights and the treatment of asylum seekers were the subject of hearings today at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States. But, for the first time in organization’s history, the U.S. government didn’t even send an official representative to the hearings. Shannon Young has more.
Hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Tuesday included topics like ramped-up restrictions on admissions of asylum seekers at the southern border, advancement of the Dakota Access Pipeline despite indigenous opposition and President Donald Trump’s travel ban and executive orders on immigration. But the U.S. defense team was not only silent – it was absent.