AG Sessions: We Aren't Prosecuting Children

DOJ Can Only Hold Children for 72 Hours

Dom Giordano
June 14, 2018 - 1:43 pm

© Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined the Dom Giordano Program on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to discuss illegal immigration, specifically the scrutiny of the Department of Justice has faced with the separating of minors from families. Sessions says, “that does not happen, first of all, if a family enters a port of entry and asks for asylum. That is something that they can do and they are entitled, eventually, to a hearing on it, as soon as we can get to it."

Sessions added, "secondly, what our policy dealt with were people who were bringing children across the border, illegally, between the ports of entry, often in dangerous, dangerous places in ways with smugglers bringing them, that don’t take care of these children and they are not being prosecuted. Although we prosecute every other adult who enters the country illegally. So we would prosecute the adult and not the children and frankly, if it’s their first time entry unlikely to get anything more than a week or two custody and then deported but the children can only be held 72 hours by department of homeland security and then they’re turned over to health and human services.”

Sessions further explained the changing guidelines of granting asylum to those trying to enter the United States.

“Under the law, you can claim asylum if you are a member of a group that is being persecuted in some way. The classic case is Jewish people in World War II. Christians are being persecuted in countries today. Hindus are being persecuted. Yazidis are being persecuted. There are lots of ethnic groups that are intense persecution. That is what asylum is for; it is not for someone who lives in a high crime neighborhood in some country around the world or a person who has been subject to an individual act of violence not by the state……the first thing you should do if you’re in a violent neighborhood or something is go to a part of the country where that’s not happening. You’re not entitled to just demand entry to the United States.”