As border patrol agents separate children from their families at a rate of about 40 per day, President Donald Trump plans to meet with GOP lawmakers on their immigration proposals.
According to Politico, the meeting will take place Tuesday.
The meeting comes after an extraordinary week in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the bible to justify the government’s actions and Trump blamed Democrats for the policy his administration announced in April.
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said at a speech last week. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”
The verse, which has been used in the past to justify slavery, has not been enough to satisfy even the most conservative evangelical Christians, who have been among Trump’s staunchest supporters.
Franklin Graham, who has been a dedicated Trumpist, condemned the policy.
“I think it’s disgraceful, it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit,” Graham said, though he deflected blame for the policy from the president. “I blame the politicians for the last 20, 30 years that have allowed this to escalate to where it is today.”
As of the end of last week, about 1,995 children have been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy.” Under that policy, children are removed from their parents because the parents have been referred for prosecution for illegal entry into the United States.
The policy has drawn widespread condemnation and Trump himself said he “hated” it, though not so much that he’s above using it as a negotiating tactic to push Congress to support his immigration policies, including the unpopular proposal to build a border wall.
For those who want to do something to fight the policy, Slate published a long list of organizations working against it.