About 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to US Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.
The United Methodist Church has joined the fight against Attorney General Jeff Sessions "zero tolerance" policy that forces families to be separated at the border, calling it "antithetical to the teachings of Christ".
The new figures are for people who tried to enter the U.S. between official border crossings. The lack of measurable impact on immigration lends weight to questions about the policy's effectiveness, going beyond moral issues raised by the policy's critics.
He went on to fact-check the president's claim that Democrats handed the administration those laws.
Oliver also noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have used the Bible to defend the policy. The Obama administration also detained illegal immigrants at the border, but would detain parents and children together.
At least 2,000 children have been separated from their families over the past six weeks, with Donald Trub's new legislation on migrants crossing the USA border with extreme toughness.
Nearly 2000 migrant children were separated from their families at the USA border over six weeks, officials say.
The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of US religious leaders.
Five killed in vehicle chase involving US Border Patrol agents in Texas
Border Patrol agents stopped two of the vehicles and made multiple arrests, but the third vehicle continued, the statement said. He said his deputies are often involved in chases pursuing people suspected of smuggling undocumented immigrants and drugs.
Unauthorised border crossings have always been illegal, but previous administrations did not criminally prosecute all border-crossers.
Greenberg says the separations make it more hard for ORR to place the children "because their parents are being incarcerated or otherwise held".
"Again, not a fucking law", he said, later explaining that "lots of things are said in the Bible but that doesn't mean you should do them", and noting that President Donald Trump is not exactly a paragon of biblical righteousness.
A series of protest rallies organised by a group called Families Belong Together took place across the U.S. on Thursday.
Mr Sessions said on Thursday: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes".
Trump's opposition deals a body blow to efforts to tamp down the crisis at the border, where hundreds of families have been separated since last October, including many seeking asylum in the United States.