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Sessions Resolute on Deterring Illegals From Bringing Children

Sessions Resolute on Deterring Illegals From Bringing Children
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:27 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday defended separating illegal immigrant children from their parents when they are detained at the border, saying "if people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them."

On his radio show, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said he was "disturbed" by the practice, and asked Sessions, "Is it absolute necessary, General, to separate parents from children when they are detained or apprehend at the border?"

"You can't be giving immunity to people who bring children with them recklessly and improperly and illegally," Sessions responded. "They should never do that, and so those children are being well taken care of. Within 72 hours, they're taken to the Health and Human Services to be sure they're properly cared for . . . the adults will be prosecuted like the law requires."

"But General, what I'm pressing on, because I'm disturbed by this," Hewitt argued.

"I don't think children should be separated from biological parents at any age, but especially if they're infants and toddlers. I think it's traumatic and terribly difficult on the child . . . Can't we have facilities where parents remain united with kids?"

But Sessions doubled-down.

"If people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them," he said. "We've got to get this message out. You're not given immunity. You have to, you will be prosecuted if you bring, if you come illegally. And if you bring children, you'll still be prosecuted."

Hewitt persisted, asking Sessions, "Can you imagine your grandchildren separated from your children for a period of 72 hours or even longer in a dormitory with up to, the deputy [Health and Human Services] secretary told me, 1,000 other children and the impact on them of that?"

"Hugh, the United States can't be a total guarantor that every parent who comes to the country unlawfully with a child is guaranteed that they won't be, is guaranteed that they will be able to have their hand on that child the entire time," Sessions answered. "That's just not the way it works."

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday defended separating illegal immigrant children from their parents when they are detained at the border, saying "if people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them."
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