Cross-party MEPs have urged Donald Trump to immediately put a stop to his Administration's policy of "snatching and separating children" from immigrant parents who have entered borders without documents.
The US President's zero tolerance policy, first announced in early May this year, has been forcibly separating babies and other young children from their parents and sending them to "tender age" shelters in south Texas and causing a large-scale emotional crisis.
A letter signed by 49 MEPs brands Trump's policy as immoral and cruel, "gravely harming the reputation of the United states of America".
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said:
"This is the harrowing reality of an incredibly damaging and inhumane policy that has no place in the 21st century.
"No parent or child should ever be forcibly separated and a crackdown on immigration should never be carried out at this expense. This is why I joined fellow MEPs in pleading to the US administration for compassion."