DHS: 2000 Children Separated at Border

HERIKA MARTINEZ  AFP

HERIKA MARTINEZ AFP

Sessions announced the "zero-tolerance" policy in an April 6 release: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S. Attorney's Offices along the Southwest Border of a new "zero-tolerance policy" for offenses under 8 U.S.C. 1325 (a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien".

After being placed in a shelter, they can be placed with a sponsor US family.

Immigration rights advocates in Arizona and around the country are continuing to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

Sessions defended the separation policy this week by citing the bible, after religious leaders, including a cardinal in the Catholic Church, called the separation of families "immoral".

On Friday, The Trump administration released new numbers on how many families have been separated at the southwest border after parents are prosecuted for coming into the USA illegally.

Following a Trump administration crackdown on illegal border crossings from Mexico, adults are being detained, meaning the children with them are removed from their care. "If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless".

Nielsen has muddied the debate by insisting that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law. The Trump administration is now fingerprinting family members wishing to take in the unaccompanied children, and it wants to share other information it has about the children's families with the Department of Homeland Security.

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On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight", Oliver pointed out that the Bible "is not a government document", regardless of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's use of the holy book to defend the administration on the family-separation issue.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. He then went on to quote the scripture Romans 13, which he said commanded that people obey the law because God has "ordained the government for his purposes".

It means that those entering the USA irregularly are criminally prosecuted, a change to a long-standing policy of charging most of those crossing for the first time with a misdemeanour offence.

The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of US religious leaders. I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law.

Sessions blamed loopholes in USA immigration laws for encouraging the jump in asylum-seekers entering the country illegally.

"Romans 13 is possibly the worst Bible passage to bring up since it was regularly invoked in Civil War times by defenders of slavery", Oliver said.

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