Jeff Sessions Says Immigration Laws & Border Wall Will End Family Separation

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton Pa. on Friday

Although President Donald Trump and several members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have repeatedly claimed the family separation policy must be enforced, legal experts, including this group of attorneys, have challenged such an assertion.

The Trump administration has made a decision to criminally prosecute any adult caught crossing the border illegally, as opposed to referring those with children mainly to immigration courts, as previous administrations did. As The Washington Post's Julie Zauzmer reported Tuesday, sermons from pulpits across America - from Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Presbyterian, Mennonite preachers and others - decried the Trump administration's immigration policies and urged congregants to speak out against xenophobia and injustice. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border".

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said the separation of children from parents at the United States border was "cruel and inhuman", and clearly violated human rights.

"We do not want to separate parents from their children", Sessions said in defence of Congress' "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Sessions closed by saying the Trump administration stands with the law enforcement community.

Republicans can no longer call themselves the party for family values when they are allowing the president to rip families apart at our border. "We're taking care of these children".

The voices of children separated at the border
And when the Senate took up three immigration measures earlier this year, enough GOP senators voted against each one to sink them. John Culberson of Houston said he supports families remaining together, though he emphasized the need for strong border security.

According to Politico, there were already almost 80,000 immigration cases involving unaccompanied minors as of March 31.

The Trump administration has been charging people with crimes even if they cross the border and claim asylum.

Another statistic making waves is the purported 11,000 immigrant children in custody. A rally is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 in Lafayette Square across from U.S. District Court.

"We looked at all of that evidence and we assessed whether on that record we could make a finding that bias turned into action by those other individuals, and we didn't believe there was evidence to reach that conclusion", he said.

Anyone can apply for asylum, whether or not they're attempting to cross at a port of arrival (although doing so at a port of arrival does not lead to criminal prosecution).

Yoder is the chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. If the parent is granted asylum, the child is, too.

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