Former Federal Prosecutors Call for End to “Zero Tolerance” Policy

John Walsh served as U.S. Attorney in Colorado from 2010-16.

As CNN reports:

A bipartisan group of more than 70 former US attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Trump administration’s policy of prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, saying it is “dangerous, expensive, and inconsistent” with the values of the Justice Department.

“Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation’s Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children,” the prosecutors wrote on Medium in a post published Tuesday morning.

The most visible byproduct of the Trump administration’s practice, known as “zero tolerance,” has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents when apprehended at the border, because unaccompanied minors can only be held in immigration detention for a short period of time…

…the prosecutors in Tuesday’s letter say requiring 100% enforcement of the policy, without exceptions, was an “ill-conceived” plan.

“US Attorneys under both Republican and Democratic administrations have for decades been given discretion to determine how and when to charge misdemeanor illegal entry cases to address the needs of their districts,” they added. “Now, under your policy, because children cannot accompany their arrested parents to an adult criminal detention center, these children, apparently including infants and toddlers, are routinely separated from their parents.” [Pols emphasis]

Among the signers of the letter, which you can read in full at, is former U.S. Attorney from Colorado John Walsh.


5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Message to Democrats. Triangulation is dead. Bipartisanship should be. “Both sides” implies both sides are equally invested in the best solution and have similar motives. They don’t. 

  2. DavieDavie says:

    It seems Trump and Miller plan to triple down on their xenophobic policies:

    Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms

    Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border.

    Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the departments of Justice, Labor, Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hard-line U.S. immigration policies, according to interviews with half a dozen current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House.

    “At all of the agencies, there is a steady drip, drip of regulatory and policy changes,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that favors lower levels of immigration. “It is clear that Congress is unlikely to help them in terms of legislative fixes and will probably not even give them much more money, so they are going to use the tools they have and address these problems.”

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      And there you have it. The Screaming Yam doesn't give a flying flip about the Republican Party or the drubbing they'll take in November to rein in these obscene policies. The blue wave is getting higher every day. And they’ll have him to thank for it, if they haven’t the sense of self-preservation to run as far and as fast as they can from him.

      • DavieDavie says:

        Trump divides and Putin conquers.  America loses.  And Moldy and gang are happily distracted by the shiny nickels and dimes they got from the temporary tax cut, but permanent budget hole.

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