The administration's effort has been made more hard as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared to break with Sessions Monday, saying the policy was not meant to be a deterrent to immigrants contemplating illegal crossings.
On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state meant to file a multi-agency lawsuit within the next few weeks to "end this callous and deliberate attack on immigrant communities".
While layman in the Methodist denomination does not typically have charges brought against them in this manner, Sessions' unique position of power has motivated those in his denomination to take action. Under the Trump administration's policy, they say, prosecutors are told to prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally for "illegal entry", which they say forces them into a criminal process that requires children be separated, even though the crime is only a misdemeanor.
"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, "they write, calling the situation "a radical departure" from previous policy".
The group reminded Sessions, who has cited the Bible to justify the Trump administration's parent-child separation policy at the Southwest border, that he has the discretion to stop it.
Dozens of former USA attorneys, appointed under Democratic and Republican administrations, also pressed Sessions in a separate letter Tuesday to end the practice, calling it a "radical departure" from previous DOJ policy.More news: Uruguay win ends Saudi Arabia, Egypt hopes at World Cup
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The former USA attorneys who signed onto Tuesday's letter would have been the prosecutors directed to handle the cases at the border.
The policy places adults trying to cross the border into custody, and places children in detention centres.
Additionally, at least ten Democratic senators and members of Congress have asked Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as a result of the immigration policy, NBC News reported. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings. Adults seeking asylum are sometimes not informed of the whereabouts of their children.
The Methodists who signed onto the formal complaint Monday are among countless faith leaders who have widely condemned the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration agenda.
"We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws", he said.
As recently as Monday, Sessions went on the offensive again, warning prospective immigrants that they faced harsh treatment should they try to cross the southern border with their children. The figures are for people who tried to enter the USA between official border crossings.