Jeff Sessions: No One Wants to Split Families at the Border

Sessions Building a wall will end family separations at border

Sessions Building a wall will end family separations at border

A new policy, unveiled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, calls for "zero-tolerance" for immigrants who illegally enter the USA along the Mexican border.

The former US attorneys - including Wifredo Ferrer in Miami and Pamela Marsh in Tallahassee, who were appointed by President Barack Obama - joined a growing chorus of voices condemning the Trump administration's enforcement of a "zero tolerance" policy.

"Now, under your policy, because children can not accompany their arrested parents to an adult criminal detention center, these children, apparently including infants and toddlers, are routinely separated from their parents".

"Claiming these children and families are treated inhumanely is not true and completely disrespects the hardworking men and women at the Office of Refugee Resettlement", Nielsen said.

Speaking to CBN News, Sessions said he didn't believe his views on the biblical position related to government were "extreme".

As the adults are being charged with a crime, the children that come with them are being separated and deemed as unaccompanied minors.

The letter, whose lead signatory is Preet Bharara, the former US attorney in Manhattan, called on Sessions to keep families together while parents who are charged with the misdemeanor of illegal entry may seek the protection of asylum in the United States.

Last week, the attorney general invoked Bible verse as he defended his increasingly contentious policy.

Amid growing public outrage, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to halt his policy of family separations. "I want to reverse that, President Trump wants to reverse it, as well", said Scalise.

Sessions was not the only member of the Trump Administration to speak to the crowd.

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But the border has once again highlighted an awkward alliance in which Sessions again has been thrust into the harsh political spotlight - this time as a willing partner.

Among them: Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine.

An unexpected voice entered the fray when a coalition of United Methodist clergy and lay members offered their own rebuke of the attorney general, a fellow member.

Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican and a strong supporter of Sessions, called the policy unacceptable.

Not only the families crossing illagally are being targeted, activists who work at the border say, but also those presenting themselves at a port of entry. "I think we've got to try and keep families together and do whatever it takes to keep them together".

"I find that offensive", Nielsen said Monday, responding to a reporter's question at the White House.

"It's not indefinite really", Sessions told CBN News. "Fundamentally, we are enforcing the law".

But Sessions' comments Monday closely tracked his remarks from a month ago when he first announced the policy in San Diego.

Even in Australia, which has some of the world's most restrictive policies, including the detention of asylum seekers who arrive by boat in controversial offshore centres, there is no policy to separate parents from their children upon arrival.

"If you're smuggling a child, then we are going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. We demand that you immediately reverse these harmful policies in the best interests of the children and families affected", the attorneys general write in the letter to Sessions. Previous administrations, however, have avoided separating parents from their children, instead, releasing families with court dates for immigration proceedings and various monitoring tactics. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said the US will not turn into a migrant camp.

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