In a column this week in USA Today, he said the policy was created to eliminate loopholes that allowed people to enter the US illegally with their children and insisted the children held at the border were "well cared for". They are processed through what is essentially church court within the Methodist community. If children are accompanying them, the kids are placed in the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, because children can not be held in adult facilities.
Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to MA sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER'-sten) Nielsen. The attorney general has become a flashpoint amid harrowing images of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border.
"We have watched what happened with the Obama policies", Sessions said.
Faith leaders of all persuasions, including the leader of Sessions' own church, have denounced the policy. Sessions' United Methodist pastors in Alabama and Virginia, where he now lives, did not immediately respond for a request for comment.
"In 50 years of the United Methodist Church, I am not aware of any complaint against a lay person moving beyond that stage", Lawrence said. It is not yet clear if they plan to present a formal legal challenge against the policy.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson have joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general calling on the Trump administration to end its practice of separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Regarding the inspector general's report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, Sessions said the DOJ is "digesting it carefully", adding that the inspector general was "open, critical at points, and reported truth". He is charged under charge law with child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and "dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church".
Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican and a strong supporter of Sessions, called the policy unacceptable.
Doctors warn that forced family separation could cause permanent psychological damage, a trauma the letter said alone is "sufficient reason to halt your policy". "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law", he said in May.
A bipartisan group of former USA attorneys have released a letter that calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end his department's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The president of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, said the separations could have persistent detrimental effects.
Administration officials have flatly denied that characterization.
"I believe, strongly, that it is moral, decent and just for a nation to have a lawful system of immigration", Sessions said. "There are videos, there are TVs".