Hillary Clinton tears into Trump immigration policy: Calling family separation the law is 'an outright lie'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions 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 NielsenLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE, meanwhile, insisted in a tweet Sunday that the administration does not have a policy of separating families.