Today in Trump's Prison Camps for Children - Blogtown

Aaron Brown
June 22, 2018

Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to MA sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER'-sten) Nielsen. The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Ken Magidson, who signed the letter, wrote in an editorial Tuesday that the administration's policy is legal, but not moral, and called on Sessions to give prosecutors discretion that would allow families to stay together.

"What's happening on the border is having a direct impact on what's happening in New Jersey", New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. "But we do have a policy of prosecuting adults who flout our laws to come here illegally instead of waiting their turn or claiming asylum at any port of entry".

Additionally, at least ten Democratic senators and members of Congress have asked Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as a result of the immigration policy, NBC News reported. Trump officials, so far, have shown no interest in backing away from the "zero tolerance" policy, under which any person caught illegally crossing the border will be prosecuted. The separations are a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that was rolled out weeks ago.

"President Trump has said this can not continue", he concluded.

A bipartisan group of former US attorneys are calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children at the US-Mexico border.

Beyond that, referencing their collective background expertise, the letter points out that no prior administration of either party has implemented such a blanket policy that ignores the necessary balance of "effective enforcement and deterrence with humanity and compassion".

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Both Republican and Democratic former US attorneys argue that the policy goes beyond "inhumane" - it overburdens the justice system by requiring a surge in resources to handle cases that are Class B misdemeanors.

"In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country", Sessions said last night on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle", adding "but this is a serious matter".

This week, hundreds of United Methodists signed a formal complaint condemning Mr. Sessions for his role in the border separations and directed it to leaders of the churches he attends in Alabama and Virginia. We must do everything in our power to uphold America's values and the rights of children not to be forcibly separated from their parents.

You can also become the voice of the thousands of migrant parents and children by protesting against the current immigration policies and government actions at the border by attending a vigil or rally.

"It is deeply troubling the US government would participate in such inhumane actions", the governor said in the executive order.

"I just simply said to my Christian friends, you know the United States has laws and I believe that Paul was clear in Romans that we should try to follow the laws of government of which we are a part", Sessions said.

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