Watch Melania Trump's immigration lawyer compare family separation to Nazism and slavery on Fox News
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The attorney who helped First Lady Melania Trump defend her United States citizenship slammed the Trump administration's controversial family separation policy with unflattering comparisons to both Nazism and the American slave trade during a Tuesday appearance on Fox & Friends.

The policy, immigration lawyer Michael J. Wildes told audiences and his co-panelists, "goes against the ethos of our founding documents and fathers."

The attorney explained that when parents enter the federal criminal system, their children end up "quarantined" by the Department of Health and Human Services until they're released. There are means for them to leave that system, he said, but President Donald Trump does not consider those families a priority.

"When we're dealing with this challenge, we should not be quarantining children from parents," Wildes said. "The inhumanity that we see is reminiscent of detention centers in Nazi Germany, of slave trade."

"We can do better when we try to figure out this problem," he continued. "Let's not forget this problem needs to be fixed because the greatest risk-takers and greatest entrepreneurs historically have been immigrants this country."

Responding to increasing comparisons between HHS' child detention centers and Nazi concentration camps, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night that the two were incomparable because Nazis wanted to "keep the Jews from leaving the country."

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