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Sharpton Plans To Visit Detained Immigrants In Southern California

June 16, 2018 - 2:41 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- We're learning just how many children have been taken from their parents in a crackdown at the southern border over the last few weeks.

Government figures obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, show that 1,995 minors were seperated from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31. The report did not break down the seperations by age.

In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Department of Homeland Security officials would refer all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution under a zero tolerance policy.

Sessions said the children have to be seperated from their families because the children are not charged with any crimes.

The policy has been widely criticized by church groups, politicians, and children's advocates -- they call it inhumane.

Among the critics of the policy has been Rev. Al Sharpton, who takes issue with Sessions mentioning a bible passage as justification for enforcement of the law.

At National Action Network headquarters on Saturday morning, Sharpton said he and other clergy members are going to southern California to visit some of the immigrant families who have been seperated and detained.

"When I saw the Attorney General Jeff Sessions standing on television and quoting the bible out of context, and using a scripture that theyuse to justify slavery, then I knew we not only had to do something, but we had to go there," he said.

The quote Sessions used was also commonly used by defenders of slavery and by loyalists to Britain before the Revolutionary War.