Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the issue of family separations during an interview that will air on the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club.
“It hasn’t been good and the American people don’t like the idea that we are separating families. We never really intended to do that," he said.
Sessions said: “What we intended to do, was to make sure that adults who bring children into the country are charged with the crime they have committed. Instead of giving that special group of adults immunity from prosecution, which is what, in effect, what we were doing. So I think it’s the right thing. We’ll work our way through it and try to do it in the most compassionate way possible.”
Some background: On May 7 — the day the policy was publicized — Sessions said, “So, if you cross the border, unlawfully, even a first offense, we're gonna prosecute you ... If you're smuggling a child, we're gonna prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you probably, as required by law. If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally. It's not our fault that somebody does that.”
Sessions interview with CBN will air on Friday and Monday.