Kent reverend leads effort to bring church charges against Jeff Sessions

Chris Olson of Lake Wallenpaupack Pa. holds a sign outside Lackawanna College where U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions spoke on immigration policy and law enforcement actions in Scranton Pa. The Trump administration

Sessions: harsh migrant policy aims to end 'lawlessness'

Sessions announced the policy that separates all families and detains immigrant children at the US-Mexico border in May as a deterrence measure, saying, "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally".

"If we are to live the values we proclaim we can not let President Trump and Attorney General Sessions continue to break up families and separate children from their parents", said Attorney General Herring.

"Traumatizing children by separating them from their parents as a deterrent for adult conduct is, in our view, sufficient reason to halt your policy", they wrote, adding that the legal work required to prosecute misdemeanor illegal entry cases takes away from more significant offenses like terror-related plots, corruption and human and drug trafficking.

Most of the people who signed the letter urging Yoder to stop the separation are state lawmakers or local officials.

Dozens of former USA attorneys, appointed under Democratic and Republican administrations, also pressed Sessions in a separate letter Tuesday to end the practice, calling it a "radical departure" from previous DOJ policy.

The group of former US attorneys not only condemned the policy pushed by Sessions and President Donald Trump, but also questioned the wisdom of devoting limited federal resources to prosecuting every illegal entry case.

Sunday evening, hours before her remarks in New Orleans, Nielsen posted a thread of tweets claiming preposterously that the Trump administration had no child separation policy for families detained at the USA southern border.

Former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden compared the Trump administration's immigration policies to Nazi Germany in a tweet posted on Saturday.

Jenkins' office said the separations highlight the need to pass immigration reform in order to put an end to "this very bad policy".

The group said in a June 18 statement that Sessions violated Paragraph 2702.3 of the Denominations' Book of Discipline.

"There's an important conversation in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or if we want to be a country without borders", Sessions said. We must do everything in our power to uphold America's values and the rights of children not to be forcibly separated from their parents.

The zero-tolerance policy, however, hasn't deterred immigrants from trying to enter the country illegally, internal Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by CNN show. 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. Phillips noted that Graves released a statement on Monday decrying the "unjust acts" of separating children from their parents at the border.

Rev. Wright spearheaded an effort to bring four charges against AG Jeff Sessions, who is a member of the Methodist church in Mobile, Alabama.

The primary focus of California-based Border Angels is to tackle issues related to the U.S. -Mexico border.

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