United Methodist Church chides Sessions over border policy
In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and state and local officials to discuss school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:52AM EDT
WASHINGTON -- More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church are denouncing him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.
Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country wrote a letter accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. They also chide Sessions for the way he's used the Bible to defend the policy. They say he's disseminated doctrines that run counter to the church's doctrine.
In the letter dated Monday, the church members said that holding thousands of young children in mass incarceration facilities and directing employees and staff members to take children from their parents violates the Methodists' Book of Discipline.
The complaint was earlier reported by USA Today and The Washington Post.