Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Niall Collins TD has said that the US immigration policy of separating children from their parents is cruel, inhumane and unacceptable.

Commenting Deputy Collins said: “I am appalled by the US immigration policy whereby children are being separated from their parents. The images emerging of children being detained in what are effectively cages underscores the cruelty and inhumanity of this policy.  I believe that America can and must do better.

“Using children as bargaining chips is something that no humane and decent society should countenance. It’s beyond the pale and, as a father; I am deeply concerned that it sets a new precedent.

“I am also calling on the Tánaiste and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney to formally relay our revulsion to this policy to the US administration. Ireland must formally add its voice to the global chorus of nations calling for an end to this ill-conceived and heartless policy.

“On behalf of Fianna Fáil, I also intend to raise this issue with the US Embassy when I meet them on Thursday,” concluded Collins.