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5 cited at protest outside AG Sessions speech in New Orleans

5 cited at protest outside AG Sessions speech in New Orleans

Less than a week after quoting the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from their parents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions insists the USA doesn't want to break up families. "If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said.

"What's happening on the border is having a direct impact on what's happening in New Jersey", New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. "Collectively, as former United States Attorneys, we have prosecuted tens of thousands of cases involving far more serious crimes than misdemeanor illegal entry offenses". "That makes it less likely crime victims and witnesses will come forward to work with law enforcement and that, in turn, makes our communities less safe".

There is no law that mandates the separation of children from parents at the U.S border.

Anti-immigrant lawmakers and members of the Trump administration have scrambled to defend the "zero-tolerance" policy since its implementation in early April.

The US government has separated at least 2,000 children from parents at the border since implementing a policy that results in such family separations, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed Friday.

Furthermore, President Donald Trump has said that some criminals are using children to try to cross the border with impunity.

Trump's order said the government would maintain a "zero tolerance" policy toward those who break the law, but the senior US official, asked to explain how the government would change enforcement practices, said Border Patrol agents were instructed Wednesday evening to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses for prosecution.

The head of the United Nation's human rights organization is comparing Trump's family separation policy to child abuse. which it clearly, clearly is.

Yet the prosecutors in Tuesday's letter say requiring 100 percent enforcement of the policy, without exceptions, was an "ill-conceived" plan.

The group said in a June 18 statement that Sessions violated Paragraph 2702.3 of the Denominations' Book of Discipline.

"This is all the Democrats' doing", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends".

A bipartisan group of 75 former USA attorneys are also calling on Sessions to put an end to the practice.

But this about-face, if carried out, will mark a full-scale retreat and repudiation of the Trump-Sessions policy of arresting migrants fleeing their countries. Children can't go to jail with their parents, so they're separated. The church cites Sessions' "leading role" as a Sunday school teaching, former delegate "and the severe and ongoing impact of several of his public, professional actions demand that we" call for some degree of accountability.

But members of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church said in its resolution that Sessions "weaponized" the passage - and that there's "no interpretation of Scripture, no mandate from Jesus, and no legitimate form of Christian practice" to support "tearing apart families".

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