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

A group of 75 former US attorney from across the political spectrum has released an open letter demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the family separation policy instituted under the administration of President Donald Trump. It came at the start of his address, as President Donald Trump's chief law enforcement officer accepted the association's lifetime achievement award.

"Policies that separate a child from his or her parent absent that level of inquiry, would not only be illegal under most state laws, but also may be contrary to the policy views of state legislatures and their constituents across this country", the letter reads.

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' policy of separating thousands of children from their border-crossing parents has sent the nation into crisis mode-but you wouldn't know that from Trump's tweets, as he's still trying to blame his policy on Democrats.

"We also emphasize that the Zero Tolerance policy is a radical departure from previous Justice Department policy, and that it is unsafe, expensive, and inconsistent with the values of the institution in which we served", they continued.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants last month.

The adults, many who are seeking asylum, will face criminal prosecution for illegal entry.

The Department of Homeland Security reported Friday that 1,995 minors traveling with 1,940 adults who said they were the children's guardians have been separated under the administration's zero-tolerance deterrence policy between April 19 through May 31 this year.

Facing outcry over the policy, federal officials have said that the children are well cared for in federal detention centers.

"We have high standards", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "So yes, hopefully, people will get the message and come through the border at the port of entry and not break across the border unlawfully".

Asked by Ingraham if the policy is being used as a deterrent to stop families from attempting to cross the border illegally with children, Sessions said, "Fundamentally, we're enforcing the law". The family was allowed by Mexican immigration officials to cross the bridge but was stopped by US immigration agents who told them return to Mexico. He claimed that a change in law is needed to end the separations that have been heavily documented on television in recent days.

Sessions closed by saying the Trump administration stands with the law enforcement community.

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