Western Allies: Condemn Child Detention and Threaten Sanctions on Trump Assets

Western Allies: Condemn Child Detention and Threaten Sanctions on Trump Assets

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Luke Ashton started this petition to Council of the European Union and

The separation of children from their families in the United States is cruel and inhumane. These children are being placed in over-crowded detention centres and cages, not being comforted, and will suffer the effects of this trauma throughout their entire lives. At the time of writing, 24 people have died in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. As a brother of a 7 year old child, it hurt my heart to see this distressed child spending the night alone in a gym after her parents were taken away by ICE. (see image)

The Western Allies should come together to collectively pressure the only pain point that matters to this President: his family and their assets. This could take the form of special taxation on their current operations, freezing of assets, or even sanctions against senior staff. Canada could add a tax to Trump properties equal to any tariff unilaterally imposed by Washington. The European Union could revoke any travel visas for senior staff in the Trump organization. And the United Kingdom could temporarily close his golf course.

I also ask that my home country, Canada, I take a bold stand against this policy of family separation and end the Safe Third Country Agreement - the United States is not safe for those seeking asylum. 

Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act and the Foreign Corrupt Officials Act permit us to sanction public officials who are “complicit in ordering, controlling or otherwise directing acts of corruption”. In the case of Trump, we already have several open examples of this and the various ongoing criminal investigations (of his own government) are expected to produce many more.

Our attempts to use traditional diplomatic strategies to deal with this crisis are failing. As human beings we must come together to prevent and end these horrific events before they become any worse.

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