Jeff Sessions Defends Immigrant Separation Policy Against Nazi Germany Comparisons

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says law enforcement officials do not want to separate parents from their children.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to MA sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, calling the policy inhumane and draconian. "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

Additionally, the letter argued that the practice of separating children from their parents is "contrary to American values and must be stopped".

So, why are children being separated from their families?

Although President Donald Trump and several members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have repeatedly claimed the family separation policy must be enforced, legal experts, including this group of attorneys, have challenged such an assertion.

"When a family seeks asylum, the government shouldn't forcibly separate a young child from a parent unless absolutely necessary".

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A "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigrants at the US border that has led to families being separated and children being held in detention facilities has come under intense, bipartisan criticism in recent weeks.

"Under your policy, families and children are greeted with unexpected cruelty at the doorstep of the United States, instead of with relief or asylum in the greatest country in the world", the attorneys wrote in the letter, signed first by former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. "We can not and will not encourage people to bring their children - or other children - to the country illegally by giving them immunity in the process". It was focused on freeing and otherwise helping children who come to the border without a parent or guardian.

"The stories from the border make me ill".

Prior to Trump assuming the role of president, anyone who brought a child with them across the border was given "immunity from prosecution".

"We have watched what happened with the Obama policies, and over years, we went from 15,000 illegal entries to 75,000", Sessions said. "As a result, she must resign", Kamala Harris (D-California) said.

"The attorney general made a awful mistake when he did. he certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have put a different attorney general in", Trump said in April.

The attorney general appeared Monday night on "The Ingraham Angle," where he complained migrants were undermining the US rule of law.

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