Richard Leonard: May must cancel Trump visit

Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard has written to Theresa May to demand that she cancels Donald Trump’s state visit after the barbaric extent of his immigration policy was revealed.

The separation policy, whereby ‘illegal’ immigrants crossing the border are separated from their children who are placed in detention camps, has received international condemnation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein demanded that the policy cease immediately, calling it ‘unconscionable.’

Attention has also turned to the conditions in the UK and the European Union. In the UK, Yarl’s Wood and other detention centres have been slammed for allegedly covering up sexual abuse, the deportation and detention of minors, and a series of deaths. Meanwhile, ‘Fortress Europe’ is the world’s bloodiest border, with over half of all refugees dying in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean.

In the letter to the PM, Leonard states:

Prime Minister,

I am writing to you today to formally call for the cancellation of the proposed state visit by the President of the United States to the United Kingdom in July.

President Trump leads an administration whose current actions go beyond the political disagreements of left and right.

Your Government may share Donald Trump’s desire to cut taxes for the wealthiest while cutting the socially security net for the poorest – but it cannot endorse the horrific scenes coming from the Mexican border in recent days.

Mothers being separated from their babies are not images that the United Kingdom can legitimise with a state visit.

The image of children, caged like animals, is not one that the United Kingdom can appear to endorse.

We cannot roll out the red carpet for a US administration that treats human beings this way. If the visit goes ahead there will be mass protests. It shall not be done in our name.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Leonard
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

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