Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ used a Bible verses to justify the Trump administration’s immigration policies to split up families that arrive at U.S. borders seeking asylum and separate children from their parents.
The Trump Administration was putting children in a tent city which was an empty Walmart building in a Texas border town with tents erected outside.
Cage like “chain link” enclosures were also erected to house children.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quoted as saying: “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 them for the purpose of order.”
During a daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked the question:
“Where in the Bible does it say that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by saying:
“I’m not aware of the attorney general’s comments or what he would be referencing. … I can say that it is very “Biblical” to enforce the law.”
It has been reported that at least 2,700 children have been separated from their parents since the “no tolerance policy” was announced.
It is estimated that an average of 45 to 50 children were being taken from their parents each day.
Initially, President Trump dug in his heels over his controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that forcibly separated children from their parents at the Mexican border.
Mr. Trump pointed to Europe, which he said had become a “migrant camp,” and said that would not happen to the United States under his leadership.
Speaking at the White House Trump said:
“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. You look at what’s happening in Europe, and in other places, we cannot allow that to happen. Not on my watch.”
Trump then went on the offensive trying to say it was all the Democrats fault and he could not issue an executive order or do anything until the immigration laws were changed.
On June 21, 2018, the “Time” magazine on its cover featured a viral image of a two-year-old Honduran girl crying at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The crying child isn’t alone on the cover.
Time Magazine illustrators placed an image of President Donald Trump right beside the child looking down as the child looked up in tears and wailing.
The caption is “WELOME TO AMERICA”.
The Time Magazine cover image is so indicative of what President Trump really stands for and what the Republican Party has become under Trump.
On June 21, 2018, bowing to immense bi partisan pressure and public outcry, including former First Ladies Lara Bush and Michell Obama, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
President Richard Cohen with the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump’s executive order still does not go nearly far enough when he said:
“The administration still plans to criminalize families — including children — by holding them in prison-like detention facilities. There are workable alternatives” [but none has been offered].
Perhaps the Republican Congress out of sure desperation to hold on to their majorities in congress will finally enact comprehensive immigration reforms.
I wonder if Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump have ever read the bible verse:
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)
Trump’s America Kingdom only belongs to him, as is a special place in hell.
The “no tolerance policy” and his treatment of children is nothing more than a continuation of Trump’s racists ways.
For more commentary see:
See “Steve Pearce Breaks Back Bending Over Backwards to Racist Defend Racist Trump:
See “The Book of Trump Ten Commandments”