Jeff Sessions Defends "Zero Tolerance" Border Policy

A new class of immigration judges listened to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday as he defended the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. 

Sessions labeled the current policy as "perfectly legitimate, moral and decent" continuing to say, 

"No great and prosperous nation can have both a generous welfare system and great prosperity, and open borders. Such a policy is radical, it's dangerous, it's never been adopted here, or any other major nation that I am aware of, so it must be rejected out of hand, and the American people have done so." 

The "zero tolerance" immigration policy was introduced earlier this year and received major criticism as it includes separating parents from their children at the border in order to prosecute the parents for trying to enter the U.S. illegally. 

However Sessions stood his ground and continued to tell the new judges that Obama-era "incentives" encouraged migrants to abuse the asylum system. 

Sessions also defended the decision he made back in June to disqualify applicants who claim they are feeling gang and domestic violence. 

"We all know that a lot of those crossing our borders are leaving a difficult life," Sessions said. "Asylum was never meant to provide escape from all the problems people face every day around the world."

The attorney general made it clear to those watching and listening that big changes will soon take place after he says the number of illegal entrants since 2009 have skyrocketed. 

“We will send a clear message to the world that the lawless practices are over. The world will know what our rules are, and great numbers will no longer undertake a dangerous journey,” Sessions said.

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