"The United States has a higher standard than legality, with our country's most basic moral commitment being human rights and dignity", the resolution states, adding that the USA must heed the United Nations' call to end the practice of family separation - though on June 19, the Trump administration announced plans to exit the U.N. Human Rights Council. "Illegal entry is a crime as determined by Congress".
Audio of weeping children and photos of caged kids along the Texas border have sparked the outrage, and pediatricians have called forced separation "catastrophic" for children's long-term health. "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk", he said.
Under the policy, adults suspected of crossing the US border illegally are sent to federal jails or other detention centers to await prosecution. "Now, under your policy, because children can not accompany their arrested parents to an adult criminal detention center, these children, apparently including infants and toddlers, are routinely separated from their parents".
Sessions announced the policy that separates all families and detains immigrant children at the US-Mexico border in May as a deterrence measure, saying, "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally".
Sessions said the children being separated from their illegal migrant parents at the border under the zero-tolerance policy are not being mistreated and are living in good conditions in immigrant detention centers.
"This policy, devised by the Trump Administration, is wrong, inhumane, and traumatic for thousands of children".
A group of 75 former USA attorney from across the political spectrum has released an open letter demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the family separation policy instituted under the administration of President Donald Trump.
USA officials say the children are well cared for.
Both Republican and Democratic former USA attorneys argue that the policy goes beyond "inhumane" - it overburdens the justice system by requiring a surge in resources to handle cases that are Class B misdemeanors.
Local officials and organizations have joined a growing chorus condemning the administration's immigration policies, which began to take shape through a series of executive orders in January 2017, along with a "zero tolerance" policy for border crossing.
Only about 20% of those seeking asylum actually merit it, she said. "Today, by contrast, your Zero Tolerance policy has produced a tragic and unsustainable result, without taking into account each family's specific circumstances".
At the White House on Monday, DHS Secretary Nielsen defended the policy and said "loopholes" in the current system were driving people to attempt to come to the U.S.
In a letter addressed to Session's pastors, 640 clergy and laity urge "some degree of accountability" for the top law enforcement official in the country, who they say is affiliated with United Methodist churches in Alabama and the suburbs of Washington, D.C. The president warned there are criminals who use children as tickets to enter the U.S.