A White House briefing with press secretary Sarah Sanders grew tense on Thursday as reporters pressed her on the matter of the Trump administration's family separation policy for asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. Sanders upheld the practice as a matter of law and defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions's assertion that separating immigrant children from their parents is in line with the Bible.
During a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earlier in the day, Sessions said that his department's separation of migrant families was not "unusual or unjustified" but instead a matter of law - Christian law, in fact. "Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject 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 them for the purpose of order," Sessions said, according to NBC News. "Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful."
CNN's Jim Acosta asked Sanders during Thursday's White House press briefing what Sessions was talking about. She said she wasn't "aware" of the attorney general's comments or "what he was referencing" but sided with him on the "it's what the Bible says" part.
"I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law," Sanders said. "That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.
He forgot about Romans 12:13: "Extend hospitality to strangers."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday claimed the Bible justifies the Trump administration's much-maligned policy to separate children from their undocumented parents at the southern border.
"Illegal entry into the United States is a crime," Sessions said at an event in Fort Wayne, Ind. "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."
Sessions' speech came as the Trump administration faces sweeping criticism for its "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, which vows to prosecute all illegal entries into the country.
The hawkish policy has led to scores of children being ripped from their undocumented parents after they have been arrested by federal agents. The children are placed into the custody of the Health and Human Services Department and many of them end up in large detention centers with hundreds of other minors.
Sessions insinuated the children - or "illegal alien minors," as he called them — should be grateful.
"They are provided food, education in their native language, health and dental care, and transported to their destination city — all at taxpayer expense," the attorney general said.
Responding to critics who say the new policy is inhumane, Sessions blamed the parents for bringing their children in the first place, seemingly ignoring that many of them are fleeing violence in their home countries.
A mural of President Trump, the first in a series of presidential murals a visitor encounters, features a quote from a tweet he posted in 2014 inside Casa Padre, a converted Walmart where the United States is holding immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas.
A mural of President Trump, the first in a series of presidential murals a visitor encounters, features a quote from a tweet he posted in 2014 inside Casa Padre, a converted Walmart where the United States is holding immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services))
"They are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek," Sessions said. "The United States, on the other hand, goes to extraordinary lengths to protect them while the parents go through a short detention period."
Biblical scholars took serious issue with Sessions' claims.
"(Sessions) should study the Apostle Paul more closely. 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, told the Daily News. "Ripping children from their mothers is not doing good to these families, or to any of us. It is cruel, wrong and sinful."
Contrary to Sessions, Pope Francis believes the Bible should compel governments to embrace immigrants.
"I would like to point out that the issue of migration is not simply one of numbers, but of persons, each with his or her own history, culture, feelings and aspirations," the Pope said during a recent event at the Vatican. "These persons, our brothers and sisters, need 'ongoing protection,' independently of whatever migrant status they may have."
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the country's most influential Christian organizations, also blasted the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
"Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma," the group said in a statement. "Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together."
The White House, on the other hand, sided with Sessions' biblical interpretation.
"I can say that it's very biblical to enforce the law," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after she was asked about Sessions' Thursday comments. "It's repeated many times throughout the bible."
Sanders claimed Democrats are at fault for the separation policy because they haven't gotten on board with some of Trump's hardline immigration proposals, including funding for his long-promised border wall.
"We don't want this to be a problem," Sanders said. "The president has tried to address it a number of occasions."
Trump refused to sign a bipartisan immigration bill in February. Contrary to Sanders' claim, Democrats have nothing to do with the "zero tolerance" policy, as it was implemented by the Department of Homeland Security.
THE CRIMES OF EVANGELICALS AND OTHERS WHO PRETEND TO SPEAK FOR GOD.
THE EARTH IS SATURATED WITH THE BLOOD OF VICTIMS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO USE GOD AS AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR CRIMES
MEN AND WOMEN WHO CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR GOD HAVE CAUSED MORE INJURY, MORE DEATH THAN TOBACCO AND ASBESTOS COMBINED. THEY DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSES. THEY SPEAK FOR THEIR OWN ARROGANCE, THEIR OWN HUNGER FOR POWER OVER THE MINDS, BODIES AND WEALTH OF OTHERS.THEY ARE TYRANTS AND A MENACE TO DECENT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. THE NAZIS SAID, "GODT MIT UNZ" - GOD IS WITH US.
FBI AGENT, ROBERT HANSSEN – DEVOUT CATHOLIC AND RUSSIAN SPY.
FBI AGENT ROBERT HANSSEN CONFESSED TO HIS CATHOLIC PRIEST THAT HE WAS SPYING AGAINST THE U.S. FOR THE RUSSIANS. HIS PRIEST TOLD HIM THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE TO TURN HIMSELF INTO THE AUTHORITIES BUT HE HAD TO GIVE SOME OF THE PROFITS HE EARNED SPYING TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. HANSSEN ALSO FINANCED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOR HIS SIX CHILDREN WITH MONEY HE EARNED SPYING FOR THE RUSSIANS. THREE AMERICAN AGENTS WERE ASSASSINATED BY THE RUSSIANS BECAUSE OF INFORMATION HANSSEN PROVIDED TO THE RUSSIANS.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION PROTECTS ALL "RELIGIOUS" RIGHTS. NO ONE CAN QUESTION ANYONE'S RELIGIOUS PRACTICES. THAT COULD INCLUDE CHILD RAPE CALLED "MARRIAGE", SLAVERY, STONING WOMEN, SACRIFICING ANIMALS OR EVEN BABIES. WHERE DOES IT STOP? WHO WILL CHALLENGE THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION?
CONGRESS CAN NOT PROHIBIT THE FREE EXERCISE OF ANY "RELIGION".
FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION
Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
First Amendment | Constitution | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute
Republican "Christians" say they will support a rapist - Roy Moore - rather than a Democrat. They support rape in Jesus' name. But don't be surprised. Many of these so-called "evangelicals" also support Hitler to this very day.
And who are the Ku Klux Klan under the bed sheets and the dungarees, the black robes, the blue uniforms and the expensive three-piece suits?
If Jesus were to appear in the American South today, these so-called "Christians" would kill the dark-skinned Jew without hesitation.