Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that he hopes the administration's new policy that separates children from their parents will serve as a deterrent to other immigrants considering crossing the border illegally.

"The fact that no one was being prosecuted for this as a factor in a fivefold increase in four years in this kind of illegal immigration -- So yes, hopefully people get the message and come through the border at the port of entry and not break across the border 
— Sessions

Earlier today, when a reporter asked Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen the same question, whether the policy is being used as a deterrent, Nielsen replied: "I find that offensive."

One hot quote: Ingraham also showed Sessions clips of lawmakers comparing the policy with Nazi Germany. Sessions replied:

  • "It's a real exaggeration. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country, but this is a serious matter."

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