Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Sessions on Border Controversy: 'We're Doing the Right Thing' - Leah Barkoukis

Sessions on Border Controversy: 'We're Doing the Right Thing' - Leah Barkoukis

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens as he is introduced during the Justice Department's Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR) Annual Legal Training Program June 11, 2018 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, Virginia.

But the border has once again highlighted an awkward alliance in which Sessions again has been thrust into the harsh political spotlight - this time as a willing partner. 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. "We support the administration's efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we can not support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents", Hatch and the other Republicans wrote in the letter.

The bipartisan statement comes the same day that a coalition of Democratic attorneys general demanded that the Trump administration end the "zero tolerance" policy.

Wright said that through the complaints and charges, he hopes Sessions will be open to dialogue about immigration from a spiritual and theological perspective. Administration officials like Sessions, senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have all attempted to excuse the policy using conflicting and often confusing narratives, with Miller claiming that the decision to enact the brutal policy was "simple".


"I implore congress and the current administration to do all in their power to reunite these families", said Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

After announcing the policy last month in the shadow of California's busiest border crossing, Sessions has been an unflinching crusader, even as opponents have denounced it as immoral.

Since the Trump administration instituted its "zero-tolerance" policy on immigration this spring, under which anyone caught entering the USA illegally is referred for criminal prosecution, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families. Sessions was criticized after he quoted scripture to explain why the family separations were absolutely necessary, saying the separations were simply a matter of enforcing the law, which the Bible condones.

An unexpected voice entered the fray when a coalition of United Methodist clergy and lay members offered their own rebuke of the attorney general, a fellow member.


The detention center is a former Walmart store that was sold in 2016 to a buyer funded by a loan from a company that houses unaccompanied migrant children.

Criticism has come from other quarters of the religious community.

President Donald Trump has repeated a false claim the policy is a result of standing immigration law, an excuse the letter sharply rejects and urges Trump to fix.

Other supporters of Mr. Sessions, however, say they are glad he isn't bending to the pressure. "I think our church people are really concerned about children - that's what I'm hearing", he added. "He knows what he needs to do, and he's going to do it as long as he can".


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