The Uruguayan Chamber of Senators on Tuesday issued a declaration condemning the European Union's latest immigration policy, which establishes common expulsion rules for illegals.
The declaration, unanimously approved in Montevideo, censured the "Directive of Return," which it accuses of violating basic human rights.
Increasing the period of detention of illegal immigrants to 18 months meant a true prison punishment, the declaration added. Under the "Directive of Return," EU governments will be allowed to extend the maximum period of detention for an additional 12 months.
The EU has benefited from South America's immigrants, who only benefit from hard work and honesty, the declaration stressed.
It also urged the South America's parliaments and governments to reject the "Directive of Return," emphasizing the need to "take necessary measures" under international law.
The "Directive of Return" was approved by interior ministers of the EU's 27 member countries in Luxembourg early this month. The European Parliament will vote on the proposed policy on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France.