Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday defended the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the country's border with Mexico, claiming that comparisons made with Nazi concentration camps were "exaggerated" since during the Holocaust, "they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country".

"Family separation causes deep suffering among the entire family, but children stand to be the most impacted. We should not criminalize people who just want to work". He said in a statement that as the son of a social worker, he knows the "trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents", The Wichita Eagle reported. "Congressional Republicans need to get off their hands and act on comprehensive reform and more immediately, stop this cruel policy of separation".

The Trump administration insists that separating families is not a policy, but a requirement of enforcing the law to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally.

He agreed the family separations would serve as a deterrent to potential immigrants.

Sessions' speech Monday closely mirrored that of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who also spoke at the same Sheriffs' Association event and doubled-down on the administration's new policy.

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"In fact, requiring US Attorneys to bring these misdemeanor cases in every instance detracts from your own stated priority to fight gangs and violent crime by groups such as MS-13", the letter noted.

On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former USA attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded".

"The U.S. Justice Department is ignoring its legal and moral obligation for the sake of a political agenda at the expense of children and the efforts of state law enforcement officials combating crimes like human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence which operate across global borders", Balderas said in a statement. "This country is dedicated to caring for those children". "As a result, she must resign", Kamala Harris (D-California) said.

I live in a border state. "Illegal entry is a crime as determined by Congress".

The former USA attorneys also pointed out that dedicating federal prosecutors to prosecuting misdemeanor illegal-entry cases could take time away from a host of more serious cases, including those involving terrorism, violent crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and public corruption.

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