Trump Administration Argues For Family Separation On Biblical Grounds

on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.
<> on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.
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The Trump administration says it’s downright biblical to separate undocumented immigrant children from their families.

That’s what Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday during a speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I thought I’d take a little bit of a digression here to discuss some concerns raised by our church friends about separation of families,” Sessions said. “Many of the criticisms raised in recent days are not fair or logical, and some are contrary to law.”

“First, illegal entry into the United States is a crime: It should be, it must be, if you’re going to have a system of any limits whatsoever! Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. If you violate the law, you subject yourself to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

He added later, according to his prepared remarks: “I have given the idea of immigration much thought and have considered the arguments of our church leaders. I do not believe scripture or church history or reason condemns a secular nation state for having reasonable immigration laws.”

Asked about Sessions’ references to the Bible later on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the attorney general.

“I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law,” she said. “That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.”

Later, she mischaracterized the child separation issue, attempting to make it seem as though the Trump administration had not changed its policy last month.

Family separations have spiked since Sessions announced the administration’s new policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal border crossers.

That is a change. Though it has always been a misdemeanor to illegally cross the border, it was policy before Sessions’ “zero tolerance” announcement to handle border crossers in civil immigration courts, rather than in criminal courts. Because children cannot be held in criminal detention, the new policy has resulted in the spike of family separations.

“There is no law that requires families be separated at the border. This was the administration’s choice, to move from civil matters in immigration, to criminal, to criminally prosecute people who come across the border illegally, and therefore you have to separate families,” a reporter told Sanders Thursday.

“So why did the administration find that this was necessary, and if it continues to not have much of a deterrent effect, will you continue this policy?”

Sanders repeatedly refused to engage with the question’s premise, that there had been a change in policy.

“Again, the laws are the ones that have been on the books for over a decade, and the President is enforcing them,” she said. 

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  1. Paging Mr. Sessions? Special delivery for Mr. Sessions …

    So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’”

    Exodus 10:3-6.

  2. Cool story, bro’s. That some good weed you’re smokin?

  3. “First, illegal entry into the United States is a crime:

    Um…only after you get kicked out the first time.

  4. I’m reasonably familiar with the basics of Christianity and I’m not aware of much in Christ’s teaching that calls upon you to be sadistically cruel. Nothing in it calls on you to terrorize children and inflict a parent’s worst nightmare on people trying to save their families’ lives. Christ does say this, though: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” So I think you sick motherfuckers should shut the fuck up about what the Bible says. Fucking bastards.

  5. Avatar for tena tena says:

    This is bullshit.

    Ugly, nasty stupid evil bullshit. It’s this kind of bullshit that would make me weep for Jesus if I believed in a Jesus.

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