75 bipartisan former U.S. attorneys call on Sessions to end family separations

Sep 2013
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By LOUIS NELSON 06/19/2018 07:39 AM EDT

A bipartisan group of 75 former U.S. attorneys slammed the Trump administration policy of separating children from parents who take them illegally across the border, arguing in a letter posted online Monday that it traumatizes children and robs current U.S. attorneys of the agency they need to prioritize more important prosecutions.

“Traumatizing children by separating them from their parents as a deterrent for adult conduct is, in our view, sufficient reason to halt your policy,” the former U.S. attorneys wrote in their letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “But as former U.S. Attorneys, we know that the collateral consequences of this ill-advised approach ultimately render us less safe as a nation. … It is a simple matter of fact that the time a Department attorney spends prosecuting misdemeanor illegal entry cases, may be time he or she does not spend investigating more significant crimes.”


The letter noted that the group had served under presidents of both parties.

Outcry and bipartisan criticism have exploded in recent days...

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/19/trump-family-separations-outcry-reaction-653305
 
Dec 2015
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Bipartisan group of former US attorneys calls on Sessions to stop family separation

Bipartisan group of former US attorneys calls on Sessions to stop family separation
By STEPHANIE EBBS

"More than 75 former U.S. attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents "falls squarely on your shoulders."
"In a letter to Sessions, the bipartisan group says that under previous administrations prosecutors used their discretion to decide if people who crossed the border illegally should be charged or go through a civil process to determine if they qualify for asylum, which would allow the family unit to stay together."
"Under the Trump administration's policy, they say, prosecutors are told to prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally for "illegal entry," which they say forces them into a criminal process that requires children be separated, even though the crime is only a misdemeanor."






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Sessions needs to listen to all of those former U.S. Attorneys who are very knowledgeable about these matters concerning the separation of families. They say it's wrong for him to require separation and treat those detained with harsher punishment than they deserve. They are right. It is inhumane, discriminatory and outrageous to take advantage of an unfortunate situation and separate families just so that the administration can gain an upper hand on the border wall. You don't treat children that way, folks! You just don't. There is no doubt that Sessions and any one else connected with separating families would never ever do that to their own family. What a shame that they have to target those who have little to no voice and are minors in this country. That's really low.