Sessions: Build a Wall to End 'Terrible Choice' of Separating Families

Lester Mason
June 20, 2018

The former US attorneys join a growing number of lawmakers, child care experts and concerned Americans speaking out against the policy, under which border officials separated almost 2,000 children from their parents between April 19 and May 31.

President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, brashly called Tuesday for the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ending the investigation into Russian election interference led by special counsel Robert Mueller III.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a crackdown on immigration with the zero-tolerance policy in April, requiring the criminal prosecution of any immigrant crossing the border illegally, including parents seeking asylum with their children.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

Sessions later said if parents are deported, their children return to their home country with them.

"It is one of the reasons the American people elected President Trump - to end the lawlessness at our southern border".

He added, "We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply to enter lawfully".

"Your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children", they wrote in a letter published Monday on Medium.

Meanwhile, their children are taken away to separate holding facilities, to be reunited sometime later.

Sessions blamed loopholes in United States immigration laws for encouraging the jump in asylum-seekers entering the country illegally. "This country is dedicated to caring for children", Sessions said.

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

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a press briefing at the White House Monday afternoon that children are separated from adults attempting to cross the border illegally to protect them from smuggling or trafficking. "We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws".

"While the Attorney General made some very sweeping assertions in Matter of A-B-, including as to what he thinks would happen to the claims of different kinds of asylum seekers under this ruling, the legal holding of this case is considerably narrower", human rights lawyer Anwen Hughes, of the group Human Rights First, said after seeing text of the memo.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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