Attorney General Jeff Sessions has claimed comparisons between Nazi Germany and the Trump administration’s border policy of separating parents from their children are not fair because “in Nazi Germany they were keeping the Jews from leaving.”
Speaking in a Monday night interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who herself compared detention centers to holiday camps, Sessions discussed the building criticism over the “zero tolerance” border policy he announced last month.
Asked by Ingraham about the specific comparisons of the detention centers to concentration camps, Sessions said: “Well, it’s a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”
“But this is a serious matter,” he added. “We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it. We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it, but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit, and what they think is their families’ benefit, is not a basis for a claim of asylum. But, they can make that claim, we will process it, and I will review the situation and make a decision.”