Oregon Attorney General Joins Letter Calling Trump Administration's Border Policy 'Inhumane'

Thursday, 21 Jun, 2018

The coalition of attorneys general says the practice "must be stopped".

"I implore congress and the current administration to do all in their power to reunite these families", said Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S. -Mexico border has turned into a full-blown crisis in recent weeks, drawing denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups.

"As members of the United Methodist Church, we deeply hope for a reconciling process that will help this long-time member of our connection step back from his harmful actions and work to fix the damage he is now causing to immigrants, particularly children and families". This has been compounded by subsequent policies making asylum protection unavailable to victims of domestic and gang violence, even to those who properly request asylum at US ports of entry. He said in a statement that as the son of a social worker, he knows the "trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents", The Wichita Eagle reported.

The most visible byproduct of the Trump administration's practice, known as "zero tolerance", has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents when apprehended at the border, because unaccompanied minors can only be held in immigration detention for a short period of time.

A bipartisan group of former U.S. attorneys have released a letter that calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end his department's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

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.

Herring joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general calling on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the cruel attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual and gang violence.

US officials say the children are well cared for.

"I have put in place a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border", Sessions said then.

Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy in April.

The Trump administration insists that separating families is not a policy, but a requirement of enforcing the law to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally.

As recently as Monday, Sessions went on the offensive again, warning prospective immigrants that they faced harsh treatment should they try to cross the southern border with their children.

He also said that people who have a "genuine asylum claim" they can make their claim legally and remain with their children. The president warned there are criminals who use children as tickets to enter the U.S. The Dems included Senator Ron Wyden who was also at an OR federal prison this weekend to criticize the government for holding 123 asylum seekers since mid-May.