Jeff Sessions Says Separating Children From Their Families At The Border Isn't At All Like Nazi Germany

Aaron Homer

Jeff Sessions on Monday rejected comparisons of the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents to Nazi Germany, saying the Nazi situation was different because "they would keep Jews from leaving the country."

As Business Insider reports, the attorney general stopped by to chat with Fox News' Laura Ingraham about the Trump administration's "Zero Tolerance" illegal immigration policy. The policy requires children to be separated from their parents when they try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The kids have been kept in warehouse-type conditions that some have compared to prisons.

Some view the policy as disgusting and immoral, and comparisons to Nazi Germany have been raised. Sessions rejected those claims.

"It's a real exaggeration. In Nazi Germany, they would keep the Jews from leaving the country."
"We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it."

When Ingraham asked Sessions if he thought the policy was a deterrent, he said that he hopes people "get the message" and try not to sneak across the border illegally.

By comparison, another Trump administration official, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was also asked if the policy was intended as a deterrent. In this Facebook video provided by CNN, Nielsen calls that question "offensive."

As for Sessions, his remarks have been met with harsh criticism. For example, in a tweet, CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti explained that comparisons to Nazi Germany should raise red flags.

"When you have to explain to people why your policies aren't exactly like Nazi Germany, it's time to rethink your policies."
"The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country."