"Our nation's top law enforcement official, however, is using his interpretation of the Bible to defend the Trump administration's policy of separating children and their immigrant parents". The New York Times cited an example of a 18-month-old boy separated from his mother since February, describing a system that loses track of parents.
Sessions repeated many of his recent comments that any separation from children is the fault of the parents who choose to bring them into the country illegally, and repeatedly said immigrants should "wait your turn" and try to come to the U.S. legally.
Mr Sessions said on Thursday: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes".
Franklin Graham, a prominent evangelical and Trump supporter, this week said the policy of separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border is "disgraceful" but not the fault of the Trump administration.
Sessions said Thursday that recent criticisms are "not fair, not logical and some are contrary to plain law".
"That's the first thing he told him to do", Sessions said.
The conservative Southern Baptist Convention passed a motion calling on the government to maintain "the priority of family unity" in immigratioon policy at its national gathering last week.
"I can not imagine anyone in his or her right mind thinking Jesus would approve of ripping children from their parents", Martin said in a Friday interview on MSNBC.
Methodists who also answered back included Owen Ross, a former leader of a predominantly Hispanic church in Dallas. "The government tolerated lynching just like they tolerated slavery", said Jackson. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes - such as domestic violence or gang violence - or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, can not itself establish an asylum claim".
The Trump administration policy is supported by some Republicans, but others have expressed misgivings.
An expanded number of children who arrived legally with parents who have obtained work visas would also be covered.
"They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek", Sessions said.
As of now, more than 650 children are estimated to have been separated from their parents.
The problem that has brought us to this point on immigration is the GOP's decision to stake its survival on being a white identity party.
Schlimm noted that people often misuse the Bible.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "it is very biblical to enforce the law".