Jun 19, 2018

Sessions says he hopes child separation policy will serve as a deterrent

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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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.