"We are taking care of these children; they are not being abused", Sessions added. Before the policy, many people who were accused of illegal entry and did not have a criminal record were merely referred for civil deportation proceedings, which generally did not break up families.
"As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents".
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 21 other Democratic state attorneys general are calling on the Trump administration to stop separating families caught crossing the border illegally.
The former USA attorneys also pointed out that dedicating federal prosecutors to prosecuting misdemeanor illegal-entry cases could take time away from a host of more serious cases, including those involving terrorism, violent crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and public corruption.
Jenkins' office said the separations highlight the need to pass immigration reform in order to put an end to "this bad policy".
So, why are children being separated from their families?
Republicans can no longer call themselves the party for family values when they are allowing the president to rip families apart at our border.
But Brown's office tells Fox 8 News: "It's also important to point out that the Administration does not in fact need legislation to end its policy". The president pointed the finger at the Dems' "weak and ineffective" border security laws - even though it's his discretionary policies that are responsible for the separation of hundreds of migrant families.
The letter said the policy had "produced a tragic and unsustainable result".
Interestingly enough, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back on that characterization earlier today as she defended the policy during the White House press briefing. According to the same article, the Trump administration claims that number wouldn't increase because children will eventually be reunited with their families.
The compromise bill shifts away from the nation's longtime preference for family immigration to a new system that prioritizes entry based on merits and skills.
Another statistic making waves is the purported 11,000 immigrant children in custody. In either case, the act of seeking asylum means that we are required to give them a hearing by existing Federal law as well as global treaties to which the United States is a signatory, thus making those treaties part of the "Supreme Law of the Land" pursuant to Article VI, Clause Two of the Constitution. If the parent is granted asylum, the child is, too.