Jeff Sessions Says Immigration Laws & Border Wall Will End Family Separation

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

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"You play a critical part in fulfilling these goals, and I thank you for your continued efforts in seeing to it that our laws-and as a result, our nation-are respected", Sessions said in the memo.

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A bipartisan group of former USA attorneys has penned an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling on him to end the Trump administration's highly controversial family separation policy at the border.

To address the rise of families being separated at the border, the measure proposes keeping children in detention with their parents, undoing two-decade-old rules that limit the time minors can be held in custody.

Last week, the US Justice Department admitted that it had separated about 2,000 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border as part of a new policy to deter illegal immigration.

Trump's former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

"It is one of the reasons the American people elected President Trump - to end the lawlessness at our southern border".

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Eventually, Ingraham asked Sessions to respond to political opponents "demagoguing the issue" by comparing the Trump Administration's policies to those of Adolf Hitler.

"If you cross the border illegally we will prosecute you", Nielsen said.

Sessions argued that immigrants seeking asylum would be given due process according to the law, but he quickly pivoted to what he views as the bigger side-effect of illegal immigration to the US. President Trump defended his tough enforcement of immigration laws on Monday, telling reporters that the U.S. "will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility".

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".

Meanwhile Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, which enforces immigration policy, said many of those coming to the borders as family groups were in fact not families.

Sessions has said people who cross the border illegally have used children in the past to shield themselves from prosecution and he will not allow that to happen anymore.

"Asylum and credible fear claims have skyrocketed across the board in recent years largely because individuals know they can exploit a broken system to enter the USA, avoid removal, and remain in the country", USCIS spokesperson Michael Bars told Vox.

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