- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2017

The head of Mexico’s governors’ association will lodge a complaint with the Organization of American States Saturday accusing President Trump of human rights violations, demanding the OAS help ensure protections for migrants facing raids or deportation from the U.S.

Graco Ramirez, governor of the Mexican state of Morelos and president of his country’s National Conference of Governors, plans to deliver the complaint personally.

The governors say Mr. Trump’s get-tough policies violate the Vienna Convention and other treaties, which establish certain benchmark rights for anyone being detained in another country.

“The economy between the northern border of Mexico and the U.S. achieves a very important correlation that makes us both more competitive,” Mr. Ramirez said in a statement.

Mr. Ramirez, whose state is just south of Mexico City, has also been making the rounds of U.S. governors pleading for better relations between the two countries.

The OAS is a forum for countries in the western hemisphere to work out issues. Its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The IACHR has long been a critic of U.S. immigration policies, urging more due process for illegal immigrants and better conditions for those detained by American agents. The commission, however, is not particularly transparent about its methods.

It does have a series of public hearings scheduled for Tuesday to examine Mr. Trump’s immigration policies, arguing that the U.S. is preventing people from claiming asylum and risking human rights abuses under Mr. Trump’s January executive orders.

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