Former prosecutors call on Sessions to end border 'zero tolerance'


The "zero tolerance" policy isn't required by law, as Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University and blogger at The Volokh Conspiracy, has argued: "They could easily exercise the discretion to avoid prosecution and family separation, as previous administrations have, and as the Trump administration itself does in the case of almost all small-time marijuana users".

More than 75 former USA attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents "falls squarely on your shoulders". For the record, it is not illegal to cross the US border if you are seeking asylum, which is what many of these families are doing. Those in criminal proceedings are guaranteed a (now severely overworked) public defender, but those in civil immigration courts are not. Marshall said he has empathy for the children who have been separated, and called it "terrible". The charges were prompted by Sessions' usage of a Bible scripture to justify the family-busting policy.

Jenkins' office said the separations highlight the need to pass immigration reform in order to put an end to "this bad policy".

While some lawmakers emerged from the meeting convinced that Trump had endorsed a compromise measure, others said the President appeared noncommittal.

"The effect of this type of event will follow these children into adulthood and into their entire lives", she said.

The policy places adults trying to cross the border into custody, and places children in detention centres.

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The comments drew rebukes from many in the religious community, including members of Sessions' own Methodist faith.

Session said the executive order is "the right thing", adding that the Department of Justice will act in the "most compassionate way possible".

The group said in a June 18 statement that Sessions violated Paragraph 2702.3 of the Denominations' Book of Discipline. "If they want to fix the immigration system, then they should call their members of Congress and ask them to join with us to do that". But the separations instead largely stem from a "zero-tolerance" policy announced with fanfare last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Dr. Colleen Kraft, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told CNN earlier this week that separating children from their parents "is nothing less than government-sanctioned child abuse".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the Trump administration "did not create a policy of separating families at the border", contending that both the Bush and the Obama administrations separated families, albeit at a lower rate.

Addressing criticism by church leaders of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the former Alabama senator cited the "clear and wise command" of the Apostle Paul in the 13th Chapter of Romans "to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order".