Sessions rebukes comparing Nazi Germany, Trump family-separation policy

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2018

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at border crossings and placed in detention centers, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Some view the policy as disgusting and immoral, and comparisons to Nazi Germany have been raised.

Critics used that reference to highlight what they described as the callous nature of a policy that splits up families seeking refuge in the US.

"It is appalling that Joe Scarborough would compare sworn federal law-enforcement officers, who put their lives on the line every day to keep American people safe, to Nazis", White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

"When we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals, and social programs", he said. "We're taking care of these children", Sessions told Ingraham. "Yes, hopefully people will get the message and come through the border at the port of entry and not break across the border unlawfully".

Sessions said the issue was "whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders". "They're - presumably, they are claiming an asylum, and that's - they would not be prosecuted and not be separated".

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As Business Insider reports, the attorney general stopped by to chat with Fox News' Laura Ingraham about the Trump administration's "Zero Tolerance" illegal immigration policy.

"We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it."
"In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country".

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The interview continued with Sessions falsely claiming the migrant children are living under "good conditions", all while insisting that these separations don't happen for families who seek asylum in America through the proper immigration channels.

Sessions insisted children were well taken care of after they were indefinitely separated from their parents, and he told host Laura Ingraham the Department of Health and Human Services spent about $1 billion a year ago taking care of children caught crossing the border. "That is true. If the parent claims asylum and is allowed to stay here, then the children stay here also".

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