Last month, the Trump administration instituted a new “zero tolerance” policy directed at migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border illegally. Anyone captured would be prosecuted as a criminal, meaning parents and children crossing together would be separated, as minors cannot accompany adults to federal detention centers. Over 2,000 children have been taken from their parents and put into camps since the policy took effect, and accounts of the separations and the conditions in which the now-unaccompanied children are living have been horrifying. Outrage over the policy has reached a fever pitch, and the Trump administration, Republican lawmakers and Fox News have been busy scraping the bottom of the barrel to defend the practice. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has called the policy a “deterrent.” Senior Adviser Stephen Miller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have defended it as a means of enforcing of the law, with Sessions quoting a Bible verse that has previously been used to defend slavery. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also invoked the Bible while defending the policy during a heated Friday afternoon press briefing. Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Saturday told CNN there is no part of the Bible that defends family separation. On Sunday,… Read full this story
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