- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s Catholic bishops have joined other religious leaders in opposing policies that are resulting in immigrant children being separated from their parents after entering the United States illegally.

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester, Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu and Gallup Bishop James Wall issued a statement Friday saying they’re also dismayed by the overturning of asylum protections for victims of domestic violence.

Under a “zero tolerance” policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, officials are referring all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Protocol prohibits detaining children because they aren’t charged with a crime as their parents are.

Asylum seekers aren’t separated from their families, except in specific circumstances - such as if the safety of the children is in question or if the adult is being prosecuted.

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