To help migrant children, Republicans and Democrats must join forces

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The letter repeatedly refers to the policy as being at the sole discretion of Sessions, not the result of an unavoidable law, as the Trump administration has been repeating in a lie to the American people. "We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit and what they think is their family's benefit is not a basis for a claim of asylum". "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

"The attorney general made a awful mistake when he did. he certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have put a different attorney general in", Trump said in April. In 1997, the federal government ruled not to keep unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in custody for more than 20 days in a case called 'Flores.' The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then added accompanied children to the agreement, meaning that the government had to either separate children from their parents or release the whole family.

The state prosecutors say in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that the policy is inhumane and draconian. They also suggest that by separating kids from their parents the Trump Administration could be violating global, federal and state laws that say a child is better off with their parents unless "a rigorous judicial inquiry" finds that the parent is unfit or has committed a crime.

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"When we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals, and social programs", he said.

Sen. Jerry Moran's office did not immediately comment Monday.

Trump has been highly critical of Sessions for recusing himself in the Russian Federation probe and of Mueller who is probing whether the Trump campaign had a role in Russia's tampering with the 2016 presidential race. "They work hard at it".

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The attorney general argued that "if we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these bad choices".

He said immigration legislation set for votes in the House would end the practice.

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from OH and a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he's skeptical that even a full-throated endorsement from Trump will be enough to get the compromise bill through the House. It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws.

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