Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

Visual Story | Children, the border and a familiar mix of emotions

More than 75 former US attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents "falls squarely on your shoulders". It's estimated that as many as 30,000 children could be separated by the end of the summer. "We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit and what they think is their family's benefit is not a basis for a claim of asylum". The Obama administration also detained illegal immigrants at the border, but would detain parents and children together. Instead, they called on Congress to act. In addition to all five former first ladies stating this policy is immoral, Joe Straus, the Republican Speaker of the Texas state House wrote a letter to Trump stating in part, "I respectfully ask that you move immediately to rescind the policy that General Sessions announced in April and any other policies that have led to an increase in family separations at the border".

They call on Sessions to stop requiring US attorneys to prosecute all immigrants and return to a policy that doesn't separate so many families.

Sessions' speech Monday closely mirrored that of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who also spoke at the same Sheriffs' Association event and doubled-down on the administration's new policy.

The fact notwithstanding that many Germans find any comparison to the Holocaust anathema, considering it an event so singular and horrific that making analogies to it is disrepectful to its victims, the reaction in Germany is sure to be one of swift condemnation, just as it was to Trump's tweet about crime on Monday. He says enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from parents is necessary.

Sessions said the issue was "whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders". "And even in those far more serious cases, decisions involving the separation of children from their parents were made with extraordinary caution, and only after an evaluation of the specific circumstances of a particular case", the letter said. But there's nothing to celebrate for immigrant parents separated from their children.




US officials have argued that the children are well cared for and that the government has high standards for the detention centers where they are being housed.

I live in a border state.

"We have watched what happened with the Obama policies, and over years, we went from 15,000 illegal entries to 75,000", Sessions said.

"It is morally repugnant to separate a child from their family-we can not normalize this inhumane and cruel behavior by the Trump Administration".

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