Attorneys General Call On Trump To End Family Separation Policy

Chris Olson of Lake Wallenpaupack Pa. holds a sign outside Lackawanna College where U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions spoke on immigration policy and law enforcement actions in Scranton Pa. The Trump administration

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He said in a statement that as the son of a social worker, he knows the "trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents", The Wichita Eagle reported. The separations are a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that was rolled out weeks ago.

Sessions alleged there was once a "loophole" in the law allowing immigrant parents who crossed the border with their children to "effectively be given immunity from prosecution" - which has been proven false.

Speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association conference in New Orleans today, Sessions said there was "an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders". Earlier this year Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy that means all adults who cross the border illegally are being prosecuted, which means children can not be held with adults.

Furthermore, President Donald Trump has said that some criminals are using children to try to cross the border with impunity.

"If you don't like families being separated, you can tell [the Department of Homeland Security] to stop doing it", Graham said.

Sessions directly addressed the controversy surrounding new video and images of children being detained in cells and cages after their parents are arrested for illegally crossing the border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called comparisons made between Nazi Germany and the federal government's treatment of migrant children separated from their parents at the border an "exaggeration" during an interview Monday night.

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

In the six weeks after Sessions announced the new policy on May 7, almost 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians after they entered the country. "We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws".

"The law does not require the systematic separation of families under these circumstances".

Attorneys general from 21 states also sent a letter to the Justice Department on Tuesday calling on it to end the "zero tolerance" policy, writing that they are concerned the policy violated childrens' civil rights. "As a result, she must resign", Kamala Harris (D-California) said.

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.

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