'We need to take away children,' no matter how young, Justice Department officials said
October 7, 2020
WASHINGTON - The five U.S. attorneys along the border with Mexico, including three appointed by President Donald Trump, recoiled in May 2018 against an order to prosecute all immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally, even if it meant separating children from their parents. They told top Justice Department officials they were "deeply concerned" about the children's welfare.
But the attorney general at the time, Jeff Sessions, made it clear what Trump wanted on a conference call later that afternoon, according to a two-year inquiry by the Justice Department's inspector general into Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy.
"We need to take away children," Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants' notes. One added in shorthand: "If care about kids, don't bring them in. Won't give amnesty to people with kids."