Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Jeff Sessions: Migrant children held by administration are ‘well cared for’

Jeff Sessions: Migrant children held by administration are ‘well cared for’

President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, brashly called Tuesday for the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ending the investigation into Russian election interference led by special counsel Robert Mueller III.

"They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like MS-13 (a notorious Californian criminal gang of mostly Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans)".

The Rev. David Wright, who spearheaded the complaint against Sessions, told USA Today that he hoped Methodist pastors could get Sessions to see the harm he is doing to immigrant children and persuade him to change his mind.

Instead, the 640 Methodists charging Sessions, who include both clergy and lay members, have asked for a "reconciling process that will help this longtime member. step back from his harmful actions and work to fix the damage he is now causing to immigrants, particularly families and children".

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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". They also suggest that by separating kids from their parents the Trump Administration could be violating worldwide, federal and state laws that say a child is better off with their parents unless "a rigorous judicial inquiry" finds that the parent is unfit or has committed a crime.

Attorneys general from 21 states also sent a letter to the Justice Department on Tuesday calling on it to end the "zero tolerance" policy, writing that they are concerned the policy violated children's civil rights. Sen.

Hunton & Williams partner Tim Heaphy, a former US attorney for the Western District of Virginia who helped organize the letter, said Tuesday it was unusual for former USA attorneys to speak out on administration policies, but noted there was bipartisan consensus on the issue.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association convention in New Orleans, Monday, June 18, 2018. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our 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.

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Border Patrol agents detained the driver, a 17-year-old juvenile, and captured 10 suspected undocumented immigrants in the area. The names and nationalities of the victims have not been released. "The driver of this vehicle, we have handled before.


The attorneys join a chorus of church leaders and lawmakers from both parties who also have called the separations inhumane.

Administration officials, denying they have a "family separation policy", have said Congress can put an end to the crisis by passing new immigration laws. While the president has repeatedly blamed Democrats for what he depicts as an unfortunate policy, and on Wednesdayon the separations that would keep families together, Mr. Sessions has embraced it.

Trump said Wednesday that he would sign an order that would stop his own policy of separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border. The figures are for people who tried to enter the US between official border crossings.

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Trump said the answer is for Congress to give him a third option: the ability to hold families in detention as a unit. The girl's aunt said the experience had been truly hard . "I have her number".


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