Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a lot of heat in recent weeks over a Trump administration policy that separates children from their parents in families attempting to cross the United State border. But now even Sessions' own church has come out denouncing him.
More than 600 leaders in the United Methodist Church wrote a letter accusing Sessions of violating their church law with his policies separating immigrant children from their parents. Sessions infamously cited a Bible passage last week as part of his justification for the policy, which upset many religious leaders around the country. The leaders accused Sessions of violating rules related to child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination, and called on the leaders of the congregations that Sessions attends to address these issues with him.
According to government statistics, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents between April 19th, when Sessions announced the new policy, and May 31st.
Former First Lady Laura Bush, who is also a member of the United Methodist Church, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post over the weekend criticizing Sessions' policy as well.
The Trump administration, and particularly President Donald Trump, have attempted to put the blame for the family separations on Democrats. And while the law that the Trump administration is citing may have been passed by Democrats, it was only when Sessions and the Department of Justice introduced the "zero tolerance" policy in April that the separations began.
Has there ever been a member of a president's cabinet more widely despised than Jeff Sessions?