Jeff Sessions says no one wants to split families

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton Pa. on Friday

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton Pa. on Friday

The Associated Press last week obtained DHS figures showing that, as a result of the administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy, almost 2,000 children had been separated from their parents by border officials during a six-week span between April 19 and May 31 this year, many of whom were fleeing death threats and seeking safety in the United States. "In fact, requiring USA attorneys to bring these misdemeanor cases in every instance detracts from your own stated priority to fight gangs and violent crime by groups such as MS-13".

Sessions blamed past policies that he said encouraged family immigration with immunity from prosecution, leading to a fivefold increase over the past four years.

In a remarkable speech on Thursday, Sessions responded to the criticisms from "church friends", citing Romans 13, a passage in the New Testament that calls on Christians to obey secular authorities.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said last month while announcing the new initiative.

His op-ed comes amid loud and growing criticism of the Trump administration's policy of prosecuting those who cross the United States border illegally, which results in the separation of families. "That's why the policy that is causing them must end, too", Sessions wrote. They also suggest that by separating kids from their parents the Trump Administration could be violating global, federal and state laws that say a child is better off with their parents unless "a rigorous judicial inquiry" finds that the parent is unfit or has committed a crime. "I do not believe scripture or church history or reason condemns a secular nation state for having reasonable immigration laws". "We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care".

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Faith leaders of all persuasions, including the leader of Sessions' own church, have denounced the policy.

It was passed two days before hundreds of Methodists from around the country signed a letter supporting a formal complaint filed against Sessions with the church. HuffPost has reached out to the pastors of both congregations for comment but has not heard back.

The contents of the letter were first reported by the United Methodist News Service. A church trial and expulsion of a lay member is possible, but the process is long.

Reverend David Wright of Kent, is leading the effort to hold Sessions accountable. Wright told United Methodist News that he doesn't want Sessions to be expelled from the denomination but is hoping the charges result in Sessions' being called in for pastoral counseling.

Session said the executive order is "the right thing", adding that the Department of Justice will act in the "most compassionate way possible".

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Beyond that, referencing their collective background expertise, the letter points out that no prior administration of either party has implemented such a blanket policy that ignores the necessary balance of "effective enforcement and deterrence with humanity and compassion". The recent family breakup policy, however, is something different than he has seen in the past.

Additionally, the letter argued that the practice of separating children from their parents is "contrary to American values and must be stopped".

Sessions' Mobile church, Ashland Place, is part of the UMC's Alabama-West Florida Conference, which has also been critical of the policy.

Addressing criticism by church leaders of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the former Alabama senator cited the "clear and wise command" of the Apostle Paul in the 13th Chapter of Romans "to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order".

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