USA attorney general quotes Bible to defend separating families

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Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May, as the Trump Administration cracked down on illegal immigration with a "zero-tolerance" policy of separating families at the border.

The government said on Friday that 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults at the U.S. -Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, as the Trump administration implements stricter border enforcement policies.

The new figures are for people who tried to enter the USA between official border crossings. The lack of measurable impact on immigration lends weight to questions about the policy's effectiveness, going beyond moral issues raised by the policy's critics.

The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325 (a), illegal entry. "As former United States Attorneys, we also emphasize that the Zero Tolerance policy is a radical departure from previous Justice Department policy, and that it is risky, expensive, and inconsistent with the values of the institution in which we served", they write.

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"From a policy perspective", Oliver said, Sessions "might as well be citing "Green Eggs and Ham": We must keep children in a box".

"Okay so first, beautiful, humane but strong, that is not how you describe a law", Oliver said on his show "Last Week Tonight".

Despite the support from a right-wing Christian group that's especially close to the administration, other conservative Christians are pressuring the Trump administration to change its practices.

At an event in Indiana, Mr Sessions was defending the practice of separating undocumented immigrant families apprehended at the border. Rep. Roger Marshall echoed Sessions' comments. But if parents in the United States are jailed, their children are split from them because the children are not themselves charged with a crime.

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The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries.

"On this Father's Day I'm thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border".

But White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Monday that any crisis belongs to Democrats because they are the ones who rejected Trump's initial immigration plan. They're only separated when there is no documentation of a custodial relationship, Nielsen said.

"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".

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President Trump heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Republican lawmakers as Congress could start debate on two immigration reform bills this week.