Former CIA and NSA director Gen. (ret.) Michael Hayden..
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Former director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden issued a statement on his personal Twitter account Saturday comparing recent US immigration policy with the policies of Nazi Germany.
Hayden posted on his Twitter account a murky photo of the train tracks entering the concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz- Birkenau with a somber caption: “Other governments have separated mothers and children.”
Hayden’s post came in response to the controversial zero-tolerance policy initiated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.
The policy prosecutes migrants who cross US territory illegally and gives the authority to separate migrant adults from their children through separate prosecution in a court of law.
Hayden, a retired US Air Force four-star general and former director of the CIA, joins a wide cohort of lawmakers, celebrities and evangelists who disagree with the morality of the policy.
Former Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson expressed his dissatisfaction with the policy of US President Donald Trump’s administration, calling it “unsustainable.”
“This is just not who we are as Americans – this is just simply wrong,” he said.
In an attempt to defend the pretenses of the policy, Sessions quoted the New Testament in a speech to law officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana: “I would like to cite to you the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13: Obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman stated that a total of 1,995 children have been separated from 1,940 adult guardians and were prosecuted for entering the United States illegally from April 19 to May 31.
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