Recently, the GOP has stated it’s plans to create an immigration bill that would prevent for immigrant Children to be separated from their families at the U.S. border. Despite this, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a different approach to the subject than his fellow Republican politicians. On Thursday, he defended the administration’s current immigration policies by citing the Bible.
While he didn’t express how the procedures are morally correct or fair for the families, he did state why the public should support the government’s decisions, according to a statement made by Apostle Paul. He said:
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 the government for his purposes. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing and that protects the weak, it protects the lawful. Our policies that can result in short-term separation of families are not unusual or unjustified.”
One thing that contradicts Session’s statements is the fact that several priests and Catholic institutions have reacted negatively to the policy and have constantly argued for a change in law to be made. A day before the AG’s statements, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops had a meeting and openly criticized the Trump administration. President of the organization Cardinal Daniel DiNardo stated his concern and urged for a change in policy: “Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together … we can and must do better as a government.” He concluded his public statement on a much harsher and decisive tone, saying that “Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”
Sessions has gone against this criticism, also citing the Bible. He made refference to an instance where God tells Nesemiah to build a wall in Jerusalem, not to restrain its citizens but to protect them from “bad people” who may come to the city. He continued with: ” I don’t think there is a scriptural basis that justifies any idea that we must have open borders in the world today.” He also restated his belief that the separation is the parents’ fault, since they are the ones who decide to bring them illegally to the U.S. He harshly stated: “The are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their children with this trek.”
When it comes to the procedures done by the GOP, the discussion is one that looks to change unfair and negatively received policies. They find themselves currently drafting a bill that would allegedly protect almost two million DACA Dreamers and would and eliminate the diversity lottery, but would also raise funding for border protection by $25 million.
Paul Ryan has been very expressive to the press throughout the voting process for the bill to move forward in the House. He said that the administration is ready and willing to move forward with voting. He stated to reporters at a press conference: “I said before, the last thing I want to do is bring a bill out of here that I know the president won’t support. Well, we have been working hand in glove with the administration on this to make sure we are bringing a bill that represents the president’s four pillars so that we can come together.” He also reported that the president was excited to follow through with these regulations.
Several representatives have stated that the bill will fall in line with President Trump’s “four pillars on immigration”, which are border security, a more effective handling of DACA, changing the diversity visa lottery and ending so-called “chain migration.”
There have been at least 429 cases of children of immigrants being separated from their parents presented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in lawsuits. Several groups have also accused the administration of separating children from families that were requesting asylum in legal ports of entry to the U.S. Many of those who opted to request for asylum legally were probably escaping violence from Central-American countries