20 June, 2018
A bipartisan group of more than 70 former U.S. attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Trump administration's policy of prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, saying it is "dangerous, expensive, and inconsistent" with the values of the Justice Department. "No one on either side of the aisle is stopping the president from signing an executive order to end this child abuse".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the practice of separating children from their families at the border under certain conditions, arguing Monday the administration is "doing the right thing".
"We do have a policy of prosecuting adults who flout our laws to come here illegally instead of waiting their turn, claiming asylum at ports of entry".
In a statement, Swanson, who is also a DFL candidate for governor, reiterated her opposition to the policy, which has resulted in almost 2,000 children being separated from their parents since April. "The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart".
The Trump administration has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward anyone caught crossing the United States border.
"Separating families at the border has no place in our nation's immigration process".
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.
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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.
Sessions' new zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration has stirred controversy in recent weeks, particularly for its separation of children from their parents. "And even in those far more serious cases, decisions involving the separation of children from their parents were made with extraordinary caution, and only after an evaluation of the specific circumstances of a particular case", the letter said. He said without enforcing the laws, "we encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country".
"All we need is good legislation and we can have it taken care of and we have to get the democrats to go ahead and work with us". I'm for border security.
"Our system for asylum is broken", she said.
Sessions blamed loopholes in United States immigration laws for encouraging the jump in asylum-seekers entering the country illegally.
"Policies that separate a child from his or her parent absent that level of inquiry, would not only be illegal under most state laws, but also may be contrary to the policy views of state legislatures and their constituents across this country", the letter reads.