“It is never a crime to seek asylum in another country even if one enters a country irregularly,” said Melissa Flemming, the Head of United Nations Communications.

Fleming continued to say in her Facebook post that “the right to seek asylum is enshrined in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & was made binding by the 1951 Refugee Convention.”

Fleming is an American, who last August was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.

Since 2009, Fleming has been Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. The same organization that Rep. Ilhan Omar invited last week to take over the management of United States’ southern border.

“So we have to bring in the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) – an agency that has the expertise and the training to handle massive flows of refugees humanely,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to a Minneapolis audience this week referring to the situation in our southern border.


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