Hillary Clinton tears into Trump immigration policy: Calling family separation the law is 'an outright lie'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE over his administration’s immigration policies and said he is lying about one that has resulted in the separations of migrant families. 

“This is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,’ as the White House has claimed,” she said during remarks in New York.

“Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie," she added. "It’s incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

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Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for family separations, saying their lack of action on immigration has resulted in what he’s referred as these “horrible laws.”

“It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Border Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!” he wrote in a tweet Monday.

Trump is expected to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss immigration.

Clinton on Monday also criticized Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE for invoking the Bible to defend the policy.

“Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity,” she said.

“What is being done using the name of religion is contrary to everything I was ever taught,” she said. “Jesus said ‘suffer the little children unto me,’ he did not say ‘let the children suffer.’ ”

Sessions announced the administration's “zero tolerance” policy in April, saying that the Justice Department would prosecute everyone who tries to cross the border illegally. The policy has resulted in families being separated because children cannot be detained with their parents.

Sessions and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE have both defended the policy as a necessary border security measure.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDem senator requests FBI investigate Nielsen for potential perjury Schumer wants answers from Trump on eminent domain at border Trump officials discussed ‘deterrent effect’ of prosecuting migrant parents: report MORE, meanwhile, insisted in a tweet Sunday that the administration does not have a policy of separating families.