Attorneys General to Trump: Stop Separating Migrant Families

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"Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border".

Sessions also insisted that "we are taking care of these children", saying "they are not being abused" despite the fact that they've been taken away from their families and placed in cages.

Speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association conference in New Orleans today, Sessions said there was "an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders".

The emotional toll for migrant children caught at the border is not new.

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Although President Donald Trump and several members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have repeatedly claimed the family separation policy must be enforced, legal experts, including this group of attorneys, have challenged such an assertion.

"We do not want to separate children from their parent", Sessions continued. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

Michigan Republican Representative Fred Upton on Monday called for an immediate end to the "ugly and inhumane practice", adding, "It's never acceptable to use kids as bargaining chips in political process". And this was not the first time that Sessions has linked the phrase to US sheriffs; he said nearly the same thing February 12 while speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association winter meeting in Washington.

The letter repeatedly refers to the policy as being at the sole discretion of Sessions, not the result of an unavoidable law, as the Trump administration has been repeating in a lie to the American people. Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration".

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The attorney general argued that "if we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these awful choices".

Parscale's public cry to fire Sessions, who Trump has repeatedly and publicly blasted for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, followed the president's pointing to the IG report as proof top FBI and Justice Department officials were biased against his campaign in favor of Clinton's.

Two immigration bills under consideration in the House could address the separations, but the outlook for passage is dim. Conservatives say the compromise legislation that GOP leaders helped negotiate with moderates is inadequate. "Illegal entry is a crime as determined by Congress".

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