Sessions on Border Controversy: 'We're Doing the Right Thing' - Leah Barkoukis


Yoder earlier on Monday responded to almost 60 Johnson County officials asking him to put an end to the forced separation of families caught crossing the US southern border illegally. "Today, by contrast, your Zero Tolerance policy has produced a tragic and unsustainable result, without taking into account each family's specific circumstances".

Sessions' zero-tolerance policy of illegal border crossings and the decision to treat those crossings as criminal offenses has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents since April, and the White House has declined so far to stop separating minors and their parents.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement regarding national security in NY, U.S., November 2, 2017. Earlier this year Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy that means all adults who cross the border illegally are being prosecuted, which means children can not be held with adults.

Brad Parscale, the manager for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, made the statement on Twitter while criticizing the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong", the letter reads. "Illegal actions have and must have consequences - no more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards", she said.

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US officials have argued that the children are well cared for and that the government has high standards for the detention centers where they are being housed. "We can not and will not encourage people to bring their children or other children to the country unlawfully by giving them immunity in the process".

Also Tuesday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined a coalition of 21 current state attorneys general in calling for an end to the policy.

Earlier this month, Trump again stated he would never have tapped Sessions to be the nation's top law enforcement officer if he knew the former Alabama senator would step away from the Russian Federation probe. The president pointed the finger at the Dems' "weak and ineffective" border security laws - even though it's his discretionary policies that are responsible for the separation of hundreds of migrant families.

"Our system for asylum is broken", she said.

As a nation, we've seen and heard heartbreaking stories of families being torn apart when a parent or guardian doesn't show up at a port of entry to claim asylum with proper paperwork.