Just hours earlier, a reporter asked Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen whether the department was "intending to send a message" with its family-separation policy. "If you can't tell the difference between what was done to 1.5 million Jewish children during the Holocaust, and what is going on today with the terrible situation on the border, then you have no reason to be in a position of leadership".
"We are taking care of these children; they are not being abused", Sessions said.More news: Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem
"We do not want to separate children from their parents", he said in a speech to the National Sheriffs' Association. It is, however, something that droves of people on the left, and at least one Holocaust child survivor too, have done in order to humanize and put into context what is happening to children separated from their parents.
Or, he could have mentioned that, in some child detention centers, siblings of different genders can see each other once a week, and can make short phone calls to outside family (but not to their parents). The Nazis didn't let the Jews leave Germany, he said. But this is still a really fucked up situation for the children involved, no matter how much you despise being compared to a Nazi. "In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country", Sessions tried to explain during an interview Monday night with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. When asked during the Fox News interview whether family separations were being used as a deterrent to illegal immigration, Sessions acknowledged that they were.
Today in our country, they are taking hundreds, indeed over a thousand children, from their parents ... people just like you except they are here looking for refuge from a country where there is violence and nearly certain early death. "We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it, but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit, and what they think is their families' benefit, is not a basis for a claim of asylum".