A Department of Homeland Security spokesman told reporters last week that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults who crossed the United States border without documents between April 19 and May 31.
A "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigrants at the USA border that has led to families being separated and children being held in detention facilities has come under intense, bipartisan criticism in recent weeks.
"Democrats did not give them these laws, because there is no law that suddenly requires separating parents from their children".
Immigration rights advocates in Arizona and around the country are continuing to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
Trump's administration, therefore, has crafted a policy that leads to families being separated at the border by treating all adult border crossers as criminals.
He quoted the New Testament and said having children does not shield border-crossing migrants from prosecution.
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Greenberg says the separations make it more hard for ORR to place the children "because their parents are being incarcerated or otherwise held".
Nielsen has muddied the debate by insisting that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law. In Drollinger's interpretation, there are citizens, legal immigrants, and foreigners - the latter were known as being "illegal", he said - and the Bible only forbids family separation for citizens and legal immigrants.
On Thursday, Mr Sessions cited the Bible in defending the policy, arguing the recent criticisms were not "fair or logical and some are contrary to law".
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Her organization has joined with Arizona religious leaders to condemn the family separations. The comments came as hundreds of protestors in dozens of US cities took to the streets in objection of the policy. "Well I guess what she's saying is the president could just issue a directive that everybody that enters the country unlawfully be released into the country and never be apprehended or stopped or prosecuted for the illegal entry", Session responded.
"We make decisions based on the ability to detain and the ability of courts to take these cases, but we no longer exempt categories or classes of individuals", a Department of Homeland Security official said.