Sessions denies that immigration policies 'intended' to separate families even though he said the Bible justified it
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday said that President Trump's administration "never really intended" to separate migrant families who cross the border without documentation.
Sessions told CBN News that he didn't feel he took "an extreme position," and defended his use of the Bible to justify detaining children away from their parents for an indefinite period of time. Sessions was criticized after he quoted scripture to explain why the family separations were absolutely necessary, saying the separations were simply a matter of enforcing the law, which the Bible condones.
"It hasn't been good and the American people don't like the idea that we are separating families,” Sessions said on CBN. "We never really intended to do that. What we intended to do, was to make sure that adults who bring children into the country are charged with the crime they have committed."
When Sessions first announced the zero-tolerance policy last month that would prosecute every adult who crossed the border illegally, he previewed the family separations. "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law," he said in May. He later stood by his statements, saying that "it is very biblical to enforce the law."
He additionally defended the administration's current hard-line immigration policies, which will continue to detain families together rather than separate children. "It's not indefinite really," Sessions said of the detentions, "because we can't hold and we will not be holding people for extended periods of time awaiting a hearing on asylum." Read more from the interview at CBN News. Summer Meza
On Monday, President Trump issued a revised version of his executive order that temporarily restricts travel to the U.S. from a handful of majority Muslim countries. One of the major differences between Monday's order and the one blocked by a federal court six weeks ago is that Iraq has now been removed from the list of nations that face travel restrictions. In an interview Monday morning, Kellyanne Conway explained that Iraq has better "screening and reporting" than the other six nations on the list.
Perhaps what makes Iraq's exclusion so odd, though, is that the order still cites a pair of Iraqis as part of its justification for why a ban on Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen is necessary:
New Trump executive order removes Iraq from the "ban" list, and then cites an incident involving Iraqis as justification for the order. pic.twitter.com/kYj8TmmpY5
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 6, 2017
A Dominican newspaper, El Nacional, on Friday published a story about U.S.-Israeli relations illustrated with a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and actor Alec Baldwin doing his impression of President Trump for Saturday Night Live.
Dear El Nacional, Alec Baldwin will be pleased as punch. But let's hope the Dominican Republic isn't added to Trump's banned countries list pic.twitter.com/vt4NJe4NJf
— Sharon Gibson (@SharonGibson3) February 10, 2017
The photo caption makes no mention of Baldwin, and it is so far unclear whether the image selection was a swipe at Trump or an honest mistake. BuzzFeed News reached out to the paper for comment. Bonnie Kristian
Almost every examiner in the FBI's hair analysis unit repeatedly overhyped evidence to aid prosecutors over a two-decade period ending in 2000, according to The Washington Post.
The finding comes from an ongoing review of cases conducted by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project in conjunction with the federal government. Per the review, 26 of 28 forensic hair analysts overstated evidence in 95 percent of the 268 trials examined so far.
The FBI and Justice Department acknowledged the errors, saying in a statement they were "committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and that justice is done in every instance."