'You're Better Than This': Dershowitz Says Trump Must Stop Family Separations at Border
Alan Dershowitz called on President Trump to stop the U.S. Border Patrol from separating children from their parents at border detention centers.
"You have to end this policy," Dershowitz said, explaining that the U.S. Border Patrol is "imposing a trauma" on the children, who are being brought by parents seeking asylum.
Speaking on "Fox & Friends," the Harvard Law School professor emeritus disagreed with former CIA Director Michael Hayden's comparison to Nazi death camps, but said the policy runs counter to American values.
Other governments have separated mothers and children pic.twitter.com/tvlBkGjT0h
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) June 16, 2018
Dershowitz said regardless of the state of the facilities where the children are living, the act of separating children and parents cannot continue.
"There are better ways of doing this. You're better than this. The American people are better than this. The American government is better than this. I implore you to stop it now," he said, adding Trump has the authority to stop the separations even if Congress does not change the law that is being enforced.
"I don't want to exaggerate it. It's bad enough the way it is," he concluded.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently directed border and immigration authorities to implement a zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting individuals who enter the U.S. illegally.
Later on the show, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley disputed Dershowitz's assertion that the president can stop the separations. He blamed Democrats' policies for the current law, saying border agents can either detain and separate the families or release them into the United States.
"I heard Alan Dershowitz say you could send them back together as a family unit. You can't. The law doesn't say that," said Gidley, arguing that the law calls for the parents to be deported but the child to stay.