Nielsen continued: "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law". He says the children must be separated from their families because they can't go to jail with them.
Attorney Jeff Sessions on Monday defended the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of undocumented children from their parents at the United States border, saying, "We're doing the right thing".
I don't know about anyone else but when I hear a senior American official quoting Scripture to justify separating children from their parents and locking them up in detention camps, I get more than a little nervous. In the past, families in this situation have typically been subject to civil deportation proceedings instead of criminal prosecution.
Oliver dedicated almost five minutes of his show to explaining why the Bible passage Romans 13 can't be used to shield the administration from the torrent of criticism about what many religious and political leaders say is a harsh and immoral crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
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He also said that the government is already spending $1 billion a year taking care of children who entered the country illegally, with families or unaccompanied.
Beto O'Rourke on Sunday railed against the Trump administration separating children from parents at the border, but said responsibility for what is happening is on everyone. "We must do everything in our power to uphold America's values and the rights of children not to be forcibly separated from their parents".
The White House also agreed with Sessions and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said during a press briefing that "it is very Biblical to enforce the law".
It means that those entering the United States irregularly are criminally prosecuted, a change to a long-standing policy of charging most of those crossing for the first time with a misdemeanour offence.
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The Trump administration has defended the controversial policy, with the attorney general recently invoking the Bible: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes".
Her organization has joined with Arizona religious leaders to condemn the family separations.
Jonathan Wilson, 33, of Scranton, Pa., holds a sign outside of a Lackawanna College where U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions spoke on immigration policy and law enforcement actions, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Scranton, Pa. Attendees who took part in listening to the speech cross the street at right.
He says some criticism comes from people who advocate for open borders, while others may be unfamiliar with the original Hebrew words of the Bible.
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"He cites the Bible like a guy challenging someone else's word in Scrabble", Meyers said of Sessions.