Prosecute Sessions (and others) for Separating Children At The Border (18 U.S.C. § 2441)

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On October 1st, 2017, elements of the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security (ICE, Border Patrol, etc.) began separating children from their parents at the border, as a matter of policy.  

Thousands of parents are being split from their children; the children are falsely labeled “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government custody, or internment camps, and the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail.  These children are being kept as hostages, to encourage undocumented parents and asylum seekers to withdraw their claims of asylum, and leave the United States.

Separated children are crying themselves to sleep because they don’t know where their parents are; one Honduran man killed himself in a detention cell after his child was taken from him.

An American Civil Liberties Union report released in May 2018 documented hundreds of claims of “verbal, physical, and sexual abuse” of unaccompanied children by Border Patrol.  The government is sending very mixed signals about if the Trump administration is even trying to reunite families at all.  It has also been denounced by the UN.

Doctors have stated, "By separating parents and children, we are doing irreparable harm to these children."

This policy was put into place by Donald Trump (POTUS) and Stephen Miller (Sr. Policy Advisor), and is being executed by Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Kirstjen Nielsen (DHS Secretary), and Manuel Padilla Jr. (Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley) as well as others.

However, this policy is also illegal.

Under 18 U.S.C. § 2441, a United States Citizen, or member of the Armed Forces, may be found guilty of committing war crimes under certain conditions.  2 of those conditions include Cruel Treatment, and the Taking of Hostages.  

Under U.S. law, it falls to the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Texas to prosecute such actions.  While President Trump cannot be prosecuted because he is a sitting President, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Manuel Padilla Jr., and others are open to prosecution.

Sign this petition to demand the prosecution of anyone who executes, or engages in this cruel separation of children at the borders.

 We must send a message that Americans will hold those accountable to Justice, and that no person is above the law.  Sign today!

 

List of Defendants:

- Stephen Miller (Sr. Policy Advisor)

- Jeff Sessions (Attorney General)

- Kirstjen Nielsen (DHS Secretary)

- Manuel Padilla Jr. (Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley)

- Martin Spille (ICE Special Agent)

- Anthony Miranda (ICE Deportation Officer)

- Curtis George White (ICE Asst. Chief Counsel)



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