Most were unaccompanied minors, while dozens of others have been forcibly separated by their parents as a result of the new Trump administration zero tolerance policy that prosecutes anyone who crosses the border without permission. "Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral", he added.
"That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible", Huckabee Sanders said in response to the question by CNN's Jim Acosta as she appeared to glance at notes on her podium.
"I believe every last thing I said", he told Burnett.
When Acosta asked about her "very biblical" remark, Sanders suggested he was taking her words out of context, adding: "I know it's hard for you to understand, even short sentences, I guess". There is no law on the books mandating that families be separated.
Sessions accused the city of coddling risky criminals and refusing to turn them over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when requested.
Q - the horror that these children must be going through when they come across the border? "And that's what the law states".
SANDERS: You're right, it doesn't have to be the law. "The man today is trying to undermine voting rights - voting rights in which black people in this country sacrificed their lives so we could have a Voting Rights Act, a Civil Rights Act", he said.
Brian Karem: "Come on, Sarah, you're a parent".
But some Republicans were speaking out against the separations that particularly occur in asylum cases, when families of those seeking legal political protection at America's borders are split.
The United Methodist Church this week criticized the Department of Justice for the Trump administration's immigration policies of separating migrant families and denying asylum to those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence. And if it continues to not have much of a deterrent effect, will you continue this policy? We would like to fix the broken system that our immigration - and fix our immigration problem.
Actress Mia Farrow, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and avid Twitter user, shared a different Bible verse.
SANDERS: It's not a policy change to enforce the law.
SANDERS: That's been this administration's policy since the day we got here.
Although 23 former assistant attorneys general penned a letter crediting Sessions with an important role in the prosecution of the head of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan - which ended in a death sentence for the KKK leader - Gutierrez said he believes that Sessions does not now support black Americans.
"It is perfectly reasonable, indeed a duty and part of "submission, ' for Christian citizens to express their 'concerns" about whether the law and/or its administration are ethically defensible or politically useful", he said.
"Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves", Sessions said.