Tuesday, June 12, 2018
This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Hugh Hewitt radio show defends the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant parents and children. One telling part of the interview:
"HH: But General, what I’m pressing on, because I’m disturbed by this. 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. Is it absolutely necessary to do so? Can’t we have facilities where parents remain united with kids?
JS: Well, we can, we’d be glad to work at that, and actually, to keep them as close as possible, and then they’re deported. But the law requires us to keep children in a different facility than we do for adults. And every time somebody, Hugh, gets prosecuted in America for a crime, American citizens, and they go to jail, they’re separated from their children. We don’t want to do this at all. If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. 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, who is an unabashed conservative, sounded to me much more reasonable than the Attorney General in discussing the issues. Hewitt, for example, was concerned that counsel is not guaranteed immigrants facing removal. Sessions did not express concern.