Bipartisan Group Of Former US Attorneys Condemn Trump's Child 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

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

Almost two dozen Democratic attorneys general are demanding that the Trump administration put an end to a policy that separates migrant children from their guardians at the border.

Rudy Giuliani said President Trump's 2020 campaign manager should "keep quiet" after he said it was time to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and close down special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a report. "Illegal entry is a crime as determined by Congress". Those in criminal proceedings are guaranteed a (now severely overworked) public defender, but those in civil immigration courts are not.

On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former US attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded". Trump also eliminated an extremely successful detention alternative program for undocumented people.

Young children immigrants are shown outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla.

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

Families Belong Together organizes rallies and vigils in cities across the country to protest against the Trump administration's "tearing apart" of migrant families.

Two days before Sessions' speech the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution desiring "to see immigration reform include an emphasis on securing our borders and providing a pathway to legal status with appropriate restitutionary measures, maintaining the priority of family unity, resulting in an efficient immigration system that honors the value and dignity of those seeking a better life for themselves and their families".

They said that while the crisis of family separation cases has multiple causes, the immediate cause is the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

"Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong", they wrote.

"It is painful", Sessions said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network.

A top Trump official at the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday that the government expected the policy to act as a deterrent.

As of Wednesday, June 20, the Trump administration has set up multiple "tender age" shelters to lock infants and young children that the US forcibly removed from their parents at the border.

UNICEF says immigration enforcement and protection of children's rights is "not a zero-sum game".

Founded 50 years ago, the United Methodist Church has about 7 million members in the United States and is one of the country's most ideologically diverse Protestant bodies. Attorney General Herring joined the coalition of 21 attorneys general demanding that United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said in March that the administration was considering separating children from their parents "to deter more movement" across the border.

Sessions said children would not be put in jail and that Health and Human Services, the department that is responsible for caring for the children and that the department was spending nearly a billion dollars on care.

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