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Trump Administration Argues For Family Separation On Biblical Grounds

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The Trump administration says it’s downright biblical to separate undocumented immigrant children from their families.

That’s what Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday during a speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“I thought I’d take a little bit of a digression here to discuss some concerns raised by our church friends about separation of families,” Sessions said. “Many of the criticisms raised in recent days are not fair or logical, and some are contrary to law.”

“First, illegal entry into the United States is a crime: It should be, it must be, if you’re going to have a system of any limits whatsoever! Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. If you violate the law, you subject yourself to prosecution. 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.”

Jeff Sessions: Enforcing Family Separation Policy is Supported by the Bible (VIDEO). #paul #sufferthechildren pic.twitter.com/ppBNpSHaMx

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 14, 2018

He added later, according to his prepared remarks: “I have given the idea of immigration much thought and have considered the arguments of our church leaders. I do not believe scripture or church history or reason condemns a secular nation state for having reasonable immigration laws.”

Asked about Sessions’ references to the Bible later on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the attorney general.

“I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law,” she said. “That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.”

Remarkable discussion of how the Bible supports family separation policy, according to Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders. pic.twitter.com/1SJsLOF8YS

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 14, 2018

Later, she mischaracterized the child separation issue, attempting to make it seem as though the Trump administration had not changed its policy last month.

Sessions announced the administration’s new policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal border crossers in May, and family separations have spiked since then.

That is a change. Though it has always been a misdemeanor to illegally cross the border, it was policy before Sessions’ May “zero tolerance” announcement to handle border crossers in civil immigration courts, rather than in criminal courts. Because children cannot be held in criminal detention, the new policy has resulted in the spike


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