More than 75 former US attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents "falls squarely on your shoulders".
As a result of the policy, ProPublica reported that 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was announced in April and are being held in warehouses, tents and big box stores.
"So, with 20,000 members, 75 years of history - actually a lot more history than that, right?" I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. She added, "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".
"We do not want to separate children from their parents". If a person doesn't arrive at an appropriate port of entry to claim asylum, the crossing is deemed illegal and prosecuted even if the person does not have a criminal history. "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". Their children are taken to Department of Health and Human Services shelters.
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Mr Johnson's address on Monday focused on the need for education of women and girls worldwide as a way to promote human rights. Human Rights Council, ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name".
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. "This country is dedicated to caring for children", Sessions said.
When you see innocent kids being put in tents sleeping on floor after getting ripped from their parents and your response is "Did they come here legally?", then we don't have a difference in political opinion.
Asked if Mr. Trump would consider a stand-alone bill to fix the family separation issue - the president and administration have insisted a full overhaul of immigration that includes border wall funding is necessary - White House adviser Mercedes Schlapp said, "I think you know the president is meeting today with the House Conference".
The attorney general argued that "if we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these awful choices". "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".