Dershowitz to Trump: End policy separating immigrant families at border

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Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Monday issued a direct plea to President Trump to end an administration policy that has resulted in the separations of immigrant families at the border.

Dershowitz, appearing on “Fox & Friends,” said the policy is traumatic for the migrant children.

“President Trump, you know I’ve been defending your civil liberties and will continue to do so on this show, but you have to end this policy of separating parents from children,” Dershowitz said. “Not because of the parents, but because of the children. It imposes a trauma on the children.”




Calling the policy “unacceptable” and “not proper,” the Harvard Law professor, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill, said there are “better ways” of addressing immigration.

“Mr. president, it just has to stop, there are better ways of doing this,” Dershowitz said. “You’re better than this, the American people are better than this. The American government is better than this.”

“So I implore you to stop it now and then we can deal with the ways of focusing on this serious problem of immigration,” he added.

The Trump administration adopted a “zero tolerance” policy at the border earlier this year, prosecuting any adult apprehended illegally crossing the border.

Migrant parents and children are separated under the policy.

The policy has been widely criticized, but Trump has attempted to shift responsibility for the measure to Democratic lawmakers.

Dershowitz has been a frequent defender of Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference. The president has previously cited the attorney’s statements in his arguments against the probe.

The legal scholar is not the first Fox News guest to attempt to appeal to Trump directly through an interview on the network.

In April, guest Bassam Rifai implored the president to “take swift and decisive action” in response to an alleged chemical attack on civilians in Syria at the time.

“The president needs to take swift and decisive action right now,” Rifai, a member of the Syrian American Council, said on “Happening Now” before turning to face the camera.

“President Trump, I’m speaking to you directly. Do not [make] the same mistake that President Obama had made. The action that you had taken in Khan Shaykhun to take out the airbase there. That was important and that was … a very strong message,” he added, referring to another chemical attack last year.

“But what we need to do right now is to take out [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s Air Force,” Rifai concluded. “If we ground all his Air Force, he won’t have the capability to attack Syrians from the air anymore.”

Trump reportedly watches Fox News often in the early morning hours and has praised “Fox & Friends” on Twitter several occasions before.

— Joe Concha contributed to this report, which was updated at 10:04 a.m.

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