Likening US policy on migrant children to Nazis an 'exaggeration': attorney general


But instead of, you know, acknowledging that the US wasn't murdering 3 million people, nor targeting people for the color of their skin, or for the countries they're arriving from, he made a decision to aim low with his rationalization as to why the two moments in history are completely different.

Sessions' zero-tolerance policy of illegal border crossings and the decision to treat those crossings as criminal offenses has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents since April, and the White House has declined so far to stop separating minors and their parents.

"Nazi Germany, concentration camps, human rights violations: What's going on here?".

"It's a real exaggeration", Sessions said Monday night. "In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country but this is a serious matter".

Of course, comparing Nazis and the Holocaust to anything generally discounts the suffering and persecution that Jewish people and many other minority groups endured, and making such comparisons are often gross and mischaracterizing.

He put out a statement Monday saying, "as a father of two daughters, I too do not want to see children separated from their parents".

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In his interview with The Ingraham Angle, Sessions also suggested that parents who attempted to cross into the USA without proper documentation were at fault if they were separated from their children. If anything, his response, that they're just trying to keep people out, seemed flippant and uneducated at best. The Nazis didn't let the Jews leave Germany, he said.

In a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham, Sessions blamed the border situation on legal immigration loopholes while rejecting the notion that Trump could change policy implementation if he wanted to.

Sessions went on to justify the policy by pointing out that the administration wants to allow asylum for people who genuinely need it, but that he doesn't want to asylum process to be abused simply by people who are trying to come to the USA for "their personal financial benefit". When asked during his Fox News interview whether family separations were being used as a deterrent to illegal immigration, Sessions acknowledged that it is.

"We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws", he said.

Earlier in the episode, Ingraham told viewers the child detention centers were "essentially summer camps [or] boarding schools".