Hillary Clinton tears into Trump immigration policy: Calling family separation the law is 'an outright lie'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris MORE on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 SessionsHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris 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 NielsenTrump's acting ICE chief to leave post Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Neo-Nazi pleads guilty to 'swatting' Black church, Cabinet official, journalists MORE, meanwhile, insisted in a tweet Sunday that the administration does not have a policy of separating families.