Foreigners who break the law will be treated like US citizens who break the law—and that includes separating children from interned parents, which is the norm for American citizens, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said, defending the policy of separating arrested illegal invaders from their children.
Speaking in a radio interview, Sessions said that the policy which results in the children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally was the same policy applied to any American lawbreaker, yet no-one seemed to think anything wrong with the latter.
“If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them,” Sessions said. “We’ve got to get this message out. You’re not given immunity.”
Under previous administrations, illegal invader families arrested after crossing the border have been released for civil deportation hearings—but the new policy of halting this automatic release process (cancelled because most of the invaders just “vanish”) means that they are now detained in prison.
As children are not allowed in criminal jails, the new policy means that increasing numbers of these invader families are now being separated from their children.
Sessions drew the parallel with how the legal system deals with American citizens.
“Every time somebody gets prosecuted in America for a crime, American citizens, and they go to jail, they’re separated from their children,” Sessions said.
“If you come to the country, you should come through, first, through the port of entry and make a claim of asylum if you think you have a legitimate asylum claim. You shouldn’t try to get across the border at some desert site, some remote site unlawfully and expect not to be promptly deported. We’ve caught, over the years, millions of people, and they’ve been promptly deported. They don’t get trial in federal court.”
Sessions denied that the separation of children from their parents was the goal of the policy. In April, senior immigration officials said that filing criminal charges against migrants, including parents with their children, would be the “most effective” way to stanch illegal border crossings.
Children whose parents are arrested by immigration officials are transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which attempts to place them with other relatives or foster parents.
The agency’s Administration for Children and Families is caring for more than 11,000 “unaccompanied children” at the moment, and it is averaging about 45 days to place children.
Due the nature of the mass invasion of America underway from the nonwhite world, a backlog that has developed at the HHS which has resulted in hundreds of invader children kept in custody at U.S. border stations for more than the limit of 72 hours.