Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been an outspoken defender of President Donald Trump over the course of the Russia investigation. Monday morning, in an appearance on Fox & Friends, the famed attorney used that cred, along with the knowledge that Trump is a regular viewer of the program, to address the president regarding a controversial immigration policy.
The Trump administration has been getting called out from Democrats and Republicans alike for their “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to prosecuting people who enter the United States illegally, which results in children who cross with their parents being separated from their families. Dershowitz made it very clear that he is strongly opposed to this practice.
“President Trump, you know I’ve been defending your civil liberties and will continue to do so on this show, but you have to end this policy of separating parents from children. Not because of the parents, but because of the children.”
Dershowitz suggested that the administration look at alternatives to the current approach, which can be damaging to the children involved.
“There are other ways of doing this. You can send the parents and the children back together. You can do other things.”
Dershowitz recognized that illegal immigration is a significant problem, but said the United States as a country should be above this sort of response.
“You’re better than this, the American people are better than this, the American government is better than this, so I implore you to stop it now. Then we can deal with the ways of focusing on the serious problem of immigration.”
When a host pointed out that Congress needs to change the laws regarding this, saying, “the regulations are what the regulations are,” Dershowitz said, “I agree with you, but the president has the authority to stop it … he can simply say, ‘No more separating of parents from children, when you have a child with you, you’re sent back immediately.'”
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