WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally.

Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back against criticism he had received over the policy. On Wednesday, a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church said that separating mothers from their babies was “immoral.”

Sessions said many of the recent criticisms were not “fair or logical and some are contrary to law.”

“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,” he said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

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Last month, the attorney general announced a “zero tolerance” policy that any adult who enters the country illegally is criminally prosecuted. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 650 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border during a two-week period in May.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she hadn’t seen Sessions’ comments but affirmed that the Bible did back up the administration’s actions.

“I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” she said. “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.”

In an unusually tense series of exchanges in the White House briefing room, Sanders wrongly blamed Democrats for the policy separating children from parents and insisted the administration had made no changes in increasing the use. Until the policy was announced in April, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

“The separation of illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close, and these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade, and the president is simply enforcing them,” she said.

“We don’t want this to be a problem,” she 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.

“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,” DiNardo said in a statement.


Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Just like separating baby Jesus from Joseph and Mary as they came into town…Biblical just like that!

  2. This is what you get when someone who apparently does not know the word of God is trying to use the word of God for ungodly reasons. Yes, we are commanded to obey the laws of government but not when they are in contrary to the commands of God. In Daniel 3 you find God protecting Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego when they took a stance against the government law to pay tribute to a statue made to honor the king. In chapter 6 Daniel was honored by God because he refused to obey the government’s law to pray to King Darius. In both of these situations the refusal to obey these laws was a capital offense. But these brave men of God knew their God and knew that no human law can ever trump the laws of God. Further, the book of Revelation tells us that a time will come when the government will order all peoples to receive a mark (known in the Bible as the mark of the beast). But God says that anyone who receives this mark will have no part with Him.

    Our problem in this country is that we have abandon the God of the Bible and now worship a new god of self-worth. Everything that the ancient Canaanites were practicing as recorded in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 that brought them judgment from the Almighty, we have now embraced and made legal, including child sacrifice (we call it abortion). The laws we have passed in this country that contradicts the Bible are too many to enumerate. But as in every situation, it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who will have the last word.

    Regarding the statement on separating families, let us all please remember these words…….”what God has joined together, let NO man separate.” Jesus Christ

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