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Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families at U.S. border

20 June 2018

Prosecutors from both Republican and Democratic administrations signed on to the letter, including Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, and Chuck Rosenberg, the former acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

At an event in Indiana, Mr Sessions was defending the practice of separating undocumented immigrant families apprehended at the border.

"The passage the Attorney General cited, Romans 13, bespeaks of this: There are and there should be serious, known consequences for breaking the laws of the land - otherwise the law becomes toothless and inconsequential and it is no longer a deterrent to harmful behavior, which is what God designed it to be", he said. "They came hoping for a better, safer life for their loved ones".

"It follows that when someone breaks the law of the land that they should anticipate that one of the consequences of their illegal behavior will be separation from their children", Drollinger wrote.

"I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".

The policy has been widely criticized by church groups, politicians and children's advocates who say it is inhumane.

The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries.

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

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On Thursday, due to the surplus of children, the Trump administration announced that it would build a "tent city" in Tornillo, Texas that would hold about 450 beds for children, according to The Hill.

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced the opening of the "shelter" last week. This is the Trump administration's decision and they could put an end to this immoral policy today. Instead, they called on Congress to act.

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein said the bill had picked up support from 48 senators.

"US Attorneys under both Republican and Democratic administrations have for decades been given discretion to determine how and when to charge misdemeanor illegal entry cases to address the needs of their districts", they added. The agency, he says, "initially seeks to determine if the child has a parent in this country; and if not a parent, a close relative; and if not a close relative, a more distant relative or a family friend".

What do we know about the children?

Current First Lady Melania Trump has also weighed in on the issue but stopped short of calling for the policy to be scrapped.

She said human trafficking groups are putting children with others and training them to ask for asylum as families to skirt United States immigration laws.

His finishing point was that President Trump's administration is on shaky ground if it wants to use the Bible's moral code as the standard for all its actions.

Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families at U.S. border