Sessions on border separations: 'We're doing the right thing'

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton Pa. on Friday

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The Intercept reported Saturday that the number of asylum seekers being met by U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents (CBP) at ports of entry and turned away illegally could number in the thousands. When Mr. Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the practice of separating families at the border, it was Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who appeared behind him, not Mr. Sessions.

Because the new policy requires that all unlawful immigrants be held in criminal custody, any children in their care are taken from them and sent to shelters.

The Trump administration has made a decision to criminally prosecute any adult caught crossing the border illegally, as opposed to referring those with children mainly to immigration courts, as previous administrations did.

The letter goes on to say: "These practices directly interfere with the efforts of our offices and other law enforcement officials - locally, nationally, and internationally - to prevent and prosecute crime".

In a statement, Swanson, who is also a DFL candidate for governor, reiterated her opposition to the policy, which has resulted in almost 2,000 children being separated from their parents since April.

Sessions criticized the Obama administration when parents who separated themselves from their children by sending them on their own or with human trafficking operations to the U.S./Mexico border.

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On Monday, more than 600 members of the United Methodist Church signed a letter condemning the attorney general for the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

The former USA attorneys who signed onto Tuesday's letter would have been the prosecutors directed to handle the cases at the border. Meanwhile, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project supports more than 1,000 unaccompanied children in detention centers across the state of South Texas.

"We do not want to separate parents from their children", Sessions said".

The architect of the administration's "zero tolerance policy", the attorney general has been the most forceful and consistent advocate for the strategy in the face of a growing political firestorm.

On Monday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper banned state employees and resources from supporting any federal practices that separates families due to their immigration status, saying the Trump administration's policy was offensive and ran counter to Coloradan values. "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk". The document referred to the separation of children in the deportation process as kidnapping when many are seeking asylum from the risky places they are being sent back to.

As of Wednesday, June 20, the Trump administration has set up multiple "tender age" shelters to lock infants and young children that the USA forcibly removed from their parents at the border.

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