President Donald Trump’s executive order comes after 75 former U.S. Attorneys wrote an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling for an end to the family separation policy.
Former U.S. Attorney from the Northern District of West Virginia William Ihlenfeld was one of the names on that letter.
He says the letter laid out why the former U.S.. Attorneys–both Democrat and Republican–disagreed with the zero tolerance policy.
He says they believe it was immoral, inhumane, and does not align with the Justice Department’s Mission.
“We also talked about public safety and our concerns about stretching federal law enforcement resources so thin at the southwest border that we can no longer focus on drug smugglers, gun runners, human trafficking organizations and all the other violent crime that occurs at the southwest border,” said Ihlenfeld.
Ihlenfeld says more former U.S. Attorneys expressed interest in attaching their names to the letter to the Attorney General.
There were about 75 signatures on the initial draft of that letter.