Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jesse Jackson pans Sessions for citing Bible

Jesse Jackson pans Sessions for citing Bible

On the "Late Show", the host broke down attorney general Jeff Sessions' and the Trump administration's new policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the Southern border.

Speaking Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sessions said crossing the border illegally is a crime and the government shouldn't be vilified for enforcing laws.

"Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves", Sessions said.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston, told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday that he was joining other religious leaders in opposing the government's border policy.

Sessions repeated many of his recent comments that any separation from children is the fault of the parents who choose to bring them into the country illegally, and repeatedly said immigrants should "wait your turn" and try to come to the USA legally. Rather, they frighten people who are doing wrong. In Galatians 6, Paul instructs Christians: "'So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith, '" Rev. Jennifer Butler, the CEO of Faith in Public Life, said.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech at a local college on Friday, criticized Philadelphia and its mayor over the city's "sanctuary" status, one that limits its cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. "The United States - that's you and me - are putting up with our government saying to immigrants, "The worst thing imaginable will happen to you: We will take your children away from you with no guarantee you will see them again".

You may find a copy of Attorney General Sessions' prepared remarks here. "He said it's the lord's work", Colbert explained. Launched in May, the policy forcibly removes children traveling with parents caught at the border and places them in government care.

"The Bible does not justify discrimination masked as racism, sexism, economic inequality, oppression or the abuse of children", said the council, leaders of the denomination.

When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked following Sessions' comments, "Where does it say in the Bible that's moral to take children away from mothers?" she defended her colleague. He told law enforcement officers: "Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I don't want to be too extreme, Nazi Germany, Lutherans, for the most part, supported Hitler and they used Romans 13 to validate that". He was denied a position as a federal judge years ago after it was alleged under oath that he called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People "un-American" and said a white civil rights lawyer was a "disgrace to his race".

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