Writing on Facebook, Melissa Flemming asserted 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."
"It is never a crime to seek asylum in another country even if one enters a country irregularly," she added.
As head of communications, Flemming, who is American, is also the spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the same organization that Rep. Ilhan Omar advocated take control of the US-Mexico border last week.
"We should do what any other country does by dealing with this situation in a serious way," Omar said during an immigration forum in south Minneapolis.
"So, we have to bring in the United Nations high commissioner on refugees, an agency that has the expertise and the training to handle massive flows of refugees humanely."