Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’

Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) attacked President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE's immigration policy on Friday over the Department of Homeland Security's orders to separate migrant parents from their children at the border.

Lieu, one of Trump's most vocal critics in Congress, attacked the policy as "evil," writing in a tweet that it would "shock Jesus." 

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"There are many ways to describe the @realDonaldTrump policy of ripping children away from their parents at the border. It violates human rights laws. It is unAmerican. It would shock Jesus. But I think the most appropriate way to describe it is this: The policy is evil," Lieu tweeted.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify | Kavanaugh denies allegations, says he’s willing to testify | 50 days from the midterms Ken Starr backs Mueller, says president 'must be held accountable' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE doubled down on the policy earlier this month, saying that the Department of Justice would step up prosecutions of migrant parents in the hopes of deterring future illegal immigration.

“The Attorney General directed the U.S. Attorney’s offices to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for all offenses referred for prosecution," a Homeland Security official told The Wall Street Journal.

Last month it was reported that limited budgets had led to the Department of Health and Human Services losing track of nearly 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children last year after they were placed in the homes of adult sponsors, some of whom turned out to be human traffickers, according to a PBS investigation.