Over 600 members of United Methodist Church sign formal complaint against Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes opening remarks during a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 360 Heroin and Opioid Response Summit at the University of Charleston, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

According to the United Methodist Church News Service, over 600 United Methodist clergy and members have signed a formal complaint against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the zero tolerance U.S. immigration policy, which includes separating children from parents apprehended for crossing into the U.S. illegally.

The complaint lists chargeable offenses in the church including child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of the church in connection with the immigration policy.

In the June 18 complaint, the group says they "hope for a reconciling process that will help this long-time member of our connection step back from his harmful actions and work to repair the damage he is currently causing immigrants, particularly children and families."

Sessions cited Romans 13 in defense of the border policy last week, which the group said "was in stark contrast to Disciplinary commitments to supporting freedom of conscience and resistance to unjust laws."

From April 19 to May 31, the Department of Homeland Security says nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families at the U.S. border as part of the policy.

As the policy now stands, all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution, which results in adults being taken into custody of U.S. Marshals Service. The children are then sent to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The group's complaint can be read in full below:

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