Jeff Sessions: Migrant children are 'well cared for'

21 June, 2018, 04:13 | Author: Donnie King
  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton Pa. on Friday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated comparisons of US border policies for illegal immigrants to Nazi policies are a "real exaggeration". Previous administrations dealt with illegal entry through civil proceedings so families could be kept together, at least for a limited time. Dianne Feinstein's comparisons of Nazi Germany's death camps to the shelters housing children separated from their parents and unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.

"It takes a lasting, and sometimes even irreversible toll on the child's well being", said Yoder, who sent the letter Monday.

The letter also reads, "These practices directly interfere with the efforts of our offices and other law enforcement officials--locally, nationally, and internationally--to prevent and prosecute crime".

"We are taking care of these children; they are not being abused", Sessions said.

During an annual gathering of area clergy and church members in New Hampshire this month, a resolution was passed demanding the US Department of Justice, which is overseen by Sessions, to "discontinue the separation of families" under its zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

More than 75 former USA attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents "falls squarely on your shoulders".




Both Republican and Democratic former US attorneys argue that the policy goes beyond "inhumane" - it overburdens the justice system by requiring a surge in resources to handle cases that are Class B misdemeanors.

"Now, under your policy, because children can not accompany their arrested parents to an adult criminal detention center, these children, including infants and toddlers, are routinely separated from their parents", the letter stated. "The Justice Department has once again put politics before its legal and moral obligations by separating families who seek lawful asylum in our country". "In the name of deterring illegal immigration, your Zero Tolerance policy abandons that balance".

Mr. Trump has demanded that Congress "CHANGE THE LAWS" to fix the immigration problem, but so far the White House has not said whether Mr. Trump will sign a stand-alone bill to fix the issue, introduced by members of his own party.

Meanwhile, Sessions took the opportunity on stage to show his support for law enforcement, call for longer sentences for criminals and address to controversy at the US-Mexico border where families are being separated by authorities as they illegally enter the country.

"We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws", he said.

Henry-Crowe said the Trump administration's attempts to justify the policy through the Bible verse Romans 13 was a "shocking violation of the spirit of the Gospel". Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also doubled down at a press conference Monday, and said the government is just enforcing the law against those illegally entering the U.S. Ross Todd contributed reporting to this story.

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