Anti-immigrant lawmakers and members of the Trump administration have scrambled to defend the "zero-tolerance" policy since its implementation in early April.
On Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski took aim at the Trump Administration's mixed messaging as they continue to justify their policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the USA southern border.More news: Michael Jackson Broadway musical set for 2020
A bipartisan group of former US attorneys, including former Massachusetts US attorneys Carmen Ortiz and Donald K. Stern, have joined in a letter calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.
"Well I guess what she's saying is the president could just issue a directive that everybody that enters the country unlawfully be released into the country and never be apprehended or stopped or prosecuted for the illegal entry", Session responded.
Sessions defended the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border and alleged that if immigrants simply waited their turn at ports of entry to claim asylum, they would not be arrested. And they say it raises serious concerns regarding the violation of children's rights, and the constitutional principles of due process and equal protection. "This is something I think is actually unacceptable, and is something that as Americans we shouldn't be doing". "We do not want to separate parents from their children".More news: Jammu and Kashmir government falls as BJP quits alliance with PDP
With the adult detained and facing prosecution, any minors accompanying them are taken away.
In the six weeks after Sessions announced the new policy on May 7, almost 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians after they entered the country. "But when we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals, and social programs".
"The law does not require the systematic separation of families under these circumstances. As a result, she must resign", Kamala Harris (D-California) said.More news: Trump keeps his promises on trade
Sessions' speech Monday closely mirrored that of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who also spoke at the same Sheriffs' Association event and doubled-down on the administration's new policy.