Plus   Neg

Former U.S. Attorneys Call For End To "Zero Tolerance" For Illegal Immigrants


A bipartisan group of 75 former U.S. Attorneys is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the "zero tolerance" policy for illegal immigrants that has resulted in at least 2,000 children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a letter sent to Sessions on Monday, the former federal prosecutors dismissed President Donald Trump's claims that the family separations are required by law and argued the unfolding tragedy at the border falls squarely on the attorney general's shoulders.

"It is time for you to announce that this policy was ill-conceived and that its consequences and cost are too drastic, too inhumane, and flatly inconsistent with the mission and values of the United States Department of Justice," the attorneys wrote.

"It is time for you to end it," they added. "Effective leadership and the integrity of the world's leading law enforcement agency require nothing less."

The "zero tolerance" policy announced by Sessions in April requires federal prosecutors to charge, arrest and detain the individual in each and every "illegal entry" case.

Along with the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children that has resulted from the policy, the U.S. attorneys argued the policy also limits the time that can be spent investigating more significant crimes.

"In fact, requiring U.S. Attorneys to bring these misdemeanor cases in every instance detracts from your own stated priority to fight gangs and violent crime by groups such as MS-13," the attorneys wrote.

Despite widespread criticism of the family separations, Trump and members of his administration have continued to defend the policy.

Sessions claimed in an interview with Fox News on Monday that the children are being taken care of and argued the adults bringing the children into the country unlawfully are the ones putting them at risk.

For comments and feedback contact: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Follow RTT