Sessions avoids blaming Democrats for detention policy, downplays Nazi parallels

Leroy Wright
June 22, 2018

"Well, it's a real exaggeration", Sessions said of the comparison.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement regarding national security in NY, U.S., November 2, 2017.

Speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News interview on Monday night, Sessions called the accusations that Trump's immigration policies are comparable to the practices of Nazi Germany a "real exaggeration". "When you have to explain to people why your policies aren't exactly like Nazi Germany, it's time to rethink your policies", Renato Mariotti, the former federal prosecutor who is now a CNN legal analyst, said.

In his interview with The Ingraham Angle, Sessions also suggested that parents who attempted to cross into the US without proper documentation were at fault if they were separated from their children.

Sessions also insisted that "we are taking care of these children", saying "they are not being abused" despite the fact that they've been taken away from their families and placed in cages.

Under previous U.S. administrations, undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summons for a later date. "It takes a lasting, and sometimes even irreversible toll on the child's well being", Yoder stated in the letter.

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Sessions went on to admit that the point of the new policy was to deter further illegal immigration.

Today in our country, they are taking hundreds, indeed over a thousand children, from their parents ... people just like you except they are here looking for refuge from a country where there is violence and nearly certain early death. In a letter addressed to Sessions, and published on Medium, the group says they are "appalled" by the outcome of the policy and say it represents a "radical departure" from standard Department of Justice policy.

By comparison, another Trump administration official, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was also asked if the policy was intended as a deterrent.

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.

Only about 20% of those seeking asylum actually merit it, she said.

Laura Bush said the detention centres reminded her of internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during the Second World War.

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