NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The People's Assembly of New Orleans gathered outside the Convention Center Monday to protest against U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions' and the Trump Administration's policy of incarcerating and separating families seeking asylum at the southern border of the United States.
Around 30 people holding signs gathered across the street from the Convention Center. Five protesters were detained on Convention Center property. They were given a court summons for trespassing.
Sessions was in New Orleans to address the National Sheriffs Association Convention.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen refused Monday to apologize for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents. Speaking at a meeting of the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans Monday, she rejected criticism accusing DHS of inhuman and immoral actions.
"We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress," she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.