"As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents". "If you can't tell the difference between what was done to 1.5 million Jewish children during the Holocaust, and what is going on today with the frightful situation on the border, then you have no reason to be in a position of leadership".
As a result of the new "zero tolerance" policy, federal authorities have separated at least 2,000 children from parents at the border from April 19 through May 31 of this year, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed last week.
'In Nazi Germany, they would keep the Jews from leaving the country'.
Of course, comparing Nazis and the Holocaust to anything generally discounts the suffering and persecution that Jewish people and many other minority groups endured, and making such comparisons are often gross and mischaracterizing.
Reports surfaced last week that US border patrol officers told parents that they were taking their children away for a bath and then not bringing them back, which is similar to Jews being told in the Holocaust that they were going to shower but instead were taken to gas chambers and their death, lending itself to such comparisons.
But that doesn't make Sessions' response any less boneheaded. But this is still a really fucked up situation for the children involved, no matter how much you despise being compared to a Nazi. "We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it".
Earlier in the episode, Ingraham told viewers the child detention centers were "essentially summer camps [or] boarding schools". Fox News' Laura Ingraham asked Sessions, before referencing the mounting outcry from Democrats and former first ladies over the zero-tolerance policy.
"When you have to explain to people why your policies aren't exactly like Nazi Germany, it's time to rethink your policies".
Sessions on Monday also confirmed that the new policy meant to send a "message" and deter people from "breaking across the border unlawfully"-just hours after Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen slammed that very notion".