Jeff Sessions changes tone on family separations at the border
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 22, 2018,
Jun 22, 2018, 4:02
Attorney General Herring and the coalition of attorneys general argues that in addition to being cruel and unsafe, these policies are, at their core, violations of global, federal and state law, as well as of judicial precedent.
While Trump did not clarify what he would be signing, an official with the administration tells NBC it will be an executive order drafted by the Justice Department and Homeland Security to temporarily stop separating families.
Both Republican and Democratic former USA 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.
Doctors warn that forced family separation could cause permanent psychological damage, a trauma the letter said alone is "sufficient reason to halt your policy". "We can not and will not encourage people to bring their children - or other children - to the country illegally by giving them immunity in the process".
"In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country", Sessions said last night on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle", adding "but this is a serious matter". The recent family breakup policy, however, is something different than he has seen in the past.
Sessions blamed loopholes in United States immigration laws for encouraging the jump in asylum-seekers entering the country illegally.
Bolstered by President Donald Trump, some Republicans say there's no way that bias against then-candidate Trump found among some employees didn't taint the Clinton probe - and by extension special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's Republican campaign and Russian Federation.
Mr Sessions announced the new policy would change the current law of charging first-time border crossers with a misdemeanour offence.
Wednesday, Pope Francis also called the policy "immoral".
Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country signed a letter Monday accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination.
"As members of the United Methodist Church, we deeply hope for a reconciling process that will help this long-time member of our connection step back from his harmful actions and work to fix the damage he is now causing to immigrants, particularly children and families", the letter states.
Criticism has come from other quarters of the religious community.
Doctors, religious leaders, the United Nations and politicians on both sides of the aisle have criticized the administration's use of family separations. "He knows what he needs to do, and he's going to do it as long as he can".
He was reacting to a tweet sent by Parscale, who claimed that a report by the Department of Justice's internal watchdog showed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased against Trump during the 2016 presidential election, an assertion the inspector general contradicts. "They are provided plenty of food, education in their language, health and dental care, and transported to their destination city-all at taxpayer expense".
"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said in May.