An audio recording was released Monday depicting children desperately crying and begging for their parents after being separated from them by USA immigration authorities at its southwestern border, sparking new outrage against the Trump administration and its new "zero-tolerance policy" towards illegal immigrants.
And as for the criticism from Laura Bush, Sanders said that while "we share the concern" Bush voiced about children, Sanders pointed blame back at the Bush administration, saying, "Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband's leadership".
Even though the statements suggest that the matter is an issue for Congress, Democratic lawmakers and others have pointed out that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border.
As the interview went on, Sessions said that the current policy should be considered as a "deterrent" and a message to those thinking about illegally crossing the border.
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The now-viral clip has driven anger that continues to mount against US President Donald Trump, whose administration has introduced a "zero-tolerance" approach towards migrants and refugees who cross the US southern border without documents.
In the past, some migrants entering illegally were caught and then released.
"When you exempt a group of people from the law. that creates a draw", said Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol's chief agent here.
Local news reports at the time documented stories of children and teens coming home to find a parent detained and eventually deported.
The family separations are the result of Mr Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that arrests all adults who are caught trying to enter the USA illegally, including those seeking asylum. "But we do have a policy of prosecuting adults who flout our laws to come here illegally instead of waiting their turn or claiming asylum at any port of entry". And all it took was sobbing children being torn from their parents' arms. When she spoke to the young girl, she said she pleaded with her to come and pick her up.
In 2014, amid an influx of asylum seekers from Central America, the administration established large family detention centers to hold parents and children - potentially indefinitely - as a means of deterring other asylees.
Speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association conference in New Orleans today, Sessions said there was "an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country of laws or whether we want to be a country without borders". "There's not enough votes because it doesn't solve the problem", he said.
He will travel to Capitol Hill as Democrats hurl charges of "barbaric" treatment of children and his fellow Republicans move tentatively toward legislation that would curb, if not entirely halt, the practice of separating families. "It's not something that I could ask our Border Patrol or our immigration enforcement personnel to do".
But Trump blamed Democrats for not taking action on immigration. Feinstein's office to let her know I want to help her put a stop to this human rights disaster at the border.