Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

Hannah Rogers
June 22, 2018

The former US attorneys - including Wifredo Ferrer in Miami and Pamela Marsh in Tallahassee, who were appointed by President Barack Obama - joined a growing chorus of voices condemning the Trump administration's enforcement of a "zero tolerance" policy.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association convention in New Orleans, Monday, June 18, 2018. "Over the years we went from 15,000 illegal entries to 75,000".

Under the policy, adults suspected of crossing the US border illegally are sent to federal jails or other detention centers to await prosecution.

He announced the administration's "zero tolerance policy" in April "for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325 (a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien". Trump also eliminated an extremely successful detention alternative program for undocumented people.

Numerous illegal immigrants arrested at the border with the children then ask for asylum. He said on Monday that the family separation policy would have "a deterrence effect". 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.

Furthermore, President Donald Trump has said that some criminals are using children to try to cross the border with impunity. The protesters said documents indicate that when Walmart sold the store, it likely knew the facility would be used to detain child immigrants.

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In a statement, Swanson, who is also a DFL candidate for governor, reiterated her opposition to the policy, which has resulted in almost 2,000 children being separated from their parents since April.

The formal accusation, issued on Monday, charges Sessions with numerous violations of the denomination's Book of Discipline, including child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and, for his citation of Romans 13 to defend the policy, the dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of the UMC.

Wright said that through the complaints and charges, he hopes Sessions will be open to dialogue about immigration from a spiritual and theological perspective.

But members of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church said in its resolution that Sessions "weaponized" the passage - and that there's "no interpretation of Scripture, no mandate from Jesus, and no legitimate form of Christian practice" to support "tearing apart families".

The Attorney General said that a loophole was discovered that if people cross the border illegally with children they will not be prosecuted.

He added, "We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply to enter lawfully". "That's why I'm demanding that Attorney General Sessions halt the practice of family separation at the border immediately as Congress works toward legislative solutions". The result is that those parents are detained and separated from their children, which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has herself acknowledged.

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