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75 Former U.S. Attorneys Are Calling for An Immediate End to Sessions' Family Separation Policy

The group spans the political spectrum.

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A group of 75 former U.S. attorney from across the political spectrum has released an open letter demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the family separation policy instituted under the administration of President Donald Trump.

"We write as former United States Attorneys who have served under both Republican and Democratic Presidents," the letter begins. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation’s Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children."

The letter repeatedly refers to the policy as being at the sole discretion of Sessions, not the result of an unavoidable law, as the Trump administration has been repeating in a lie to the American people.

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"The law does not require the systematic separation of families under these circumstances," the letter reads. "Collectively, as former United States Attorneys, we have prosecuted tens of thousands of cases involving far more serious crimes than misdemeanor illegal entry offenses."

"As former U.S. Attorneys, we know that none of these consequences — nor the policy itself — is required by law," the letter continues. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place solely at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders."

Journalists have been placed in the unusual position of covering the Trump administration as a propaganda outlet rather than reliable source, fact-checking and swatting away the administration's lies about the family separation policy in real time. 

On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former U.S. attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded."

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.