Sessions’s Use of Bible Passage to Defend Immigration Policy Draws Fire

Jun 19, 2018

By Julia Jacobs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible this week to defend the Trump administration’s immigration policy. His use of religious text to justify a federal policy drew some fire; the text itself drew more.

Many were concerned that Mr. Sessions’s chosen chapter, Romans 13, had been commonly used to defend slavery and oppose the American Revolution.

Speaking to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mr. Sessions used a passage on Thursday to defend the right of the federal government to enforce a directive to prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally. The directive has led to the fracturing of hundreds of migrant families, funneling children into shelters and foster homes.

Mr. Sessions said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

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7 comments on “Sessions’s Use of Bible Passage to Defend Immigration Policy Draws Fire

  • Just using migrants and their children to soften up public opinion. Then it won’t be so difficult to round up the liberals as Fox News inaccurately calls them. Only the extreme ones at first, of course, but at the heel of the hunt, if the American Public will tolerate the non-judicial separation of children from their parents, there will be little left that they won’t tolerate. Besides which, by then there will be a whole chain of desert gulags ready and waiting for all the ungodly, anti-American traitors, not to mention a supportive judiciary.

    Well…maybe
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  • eejit #2

    Fox News

    According to Faux News, the detention facilities are like ‘summer camps for immigrant children’.

    If and when Donald Trump is roasting in Hell, Rupert Murdoch will be on the adjacent skewer.
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  • The Nazis were at some pains to persuade the German population that the concentration camps were humane, cheerful and busy places (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresienstadt_(film)). There is much more material around about their attempted deception which is fairly easy to discover.

    The quickest way to be rubbished in a discussion is to mention the Nazis, but things are getting to the point where it is becoming impossible not to do so. The racism, the lies, the propaganda, the attack on reliable news outlets, the name calling, the packing of the judiciary, the assaults on education and science, the pseudo science, the endorsement of civil violence, the extreme patriotic and religious fervour and the chaos at the centre of the system, all echo the early period of the Third Reich. It seems that we are now moving into phase two, were insults and bombast begin to be manifested in actual physical state violence.
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  • I see the Republicans are mounting a panic damage-limitation exercise improve the image of Trump’s child immigrant policy, now that it is attracting politically damaging adverse publicity!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44543252

    Republicans are scrambling to draft a bill to address the growing outcry over the policy of separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border.

    The Republican-controlled Congress is under pressure to curb the policy after it sparked widespread condemnation.

    But the president says it is necessary to stop illegal border crossings.

    “We had a great meeting,” Mr Trump said after meeting Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night.

    It was unclear if any progress was made, but White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement that Mr Trump told the group of lawmakers he would endorse their immigration legislation.
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  • No real panic, at least by Trump. If you want to soften your image, you just pass a touchy-feely piece of legislation, get Fox News to show how you are implementing it sympathetically, then with the help of your tame judiciary, you ignore it.

    It shuts up the Barbara Bush republicans, allows them to feel good, makes it more difficult for the anti-American-values Liberals to complain, as it will sound like sour grapes, and gives you a tactical bound between this and your next outrage. Meanwhile the consensus about civic decency is further eroded.
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