Sessions rammed through ‘zero tolerance’ border policy despite warnings on family separation: Watchdog

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew that migrant families at the border would be torn apart as a result of implementing the “zero tolerance” policy but pushed the plan despite pleas from senior government officials, according to a new inspector general report.

A Justice Department audit released Thursday concluded that Sessions and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein advanced a plan to prosecute all adults who illegally crossed the border, knowing that it would prompt thousands of children to be temporarily orphaned. The DOJ leaders wrongly assumed the courts and federal agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, would be able to accommodate the influx of people.

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