WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and 20 other attorneys generals are calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the current treatment of children and families seeking asylum in the United States.
In the past few weeks, the government has separated children from their parents.
The attorneys general are asking Sessions to stop putting children in danger by separating their families.
“Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong,” the letter reads. “This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped.”
The letter goes on to say: “These practices directly interfere with the efforts of our offices and other law enforcement officials — locally, nationally, and internationally — to prevent and prosecute crime. In most states, attorneys general are responsible for enforcing laws that include human trafficking, drug trafficking, and gang violence offenses. As you are keenly aware, these issues are rarely local in context, rather they require the efforts and collaboration of law enforcement officials across both state and international borders to prevent the widespread and syndicated perpetration of these crimes.”
Miller is joined by the attorneys general of New Mexico, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington demanding a change in policy.