Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Sessions says border crossers will face prosecution

Sessions says border crossers will face prosecution

"If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you -it's that simple".

The attorney general already spoke out about the immigrant caravan once last week when federal prosecutors alleged that 11 of the immigrants had tried to cross the border illegally under the cover of darkness. "If you're smuggling a child, then we are going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law".

The extreme family-separation measure, which had been reported to be under consideration in March, marks a dramatic shift from current policy, in which authorities generally try to keep detained families together by sending them to the same detention facilities.

In remarks prepared for a speech Monday at a law enforcement conference in Arizona, Sessions says the Department of Justice will take up as many cases as possible. Sessions is expected to shine a spotlight on border control and the White Houses' plan to crack down on illegal immigration.

Justice Department officials said the two will discuss "immigration enforcement actions of the Trump Administration". "But we can not take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation". We have to have limits. "Persuade your fellow citizens to your point of view".

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Families seeking asylum and presenting themselves at official USA border crossings will be allowed to stay together as they seek protected status, according to a US official familiar with the new policy. "We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney's offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry".

Sessions' visit marks the third high-profile Trump administration visit to the border region in the last two months.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen viewed Calexico's replacement border barrier project on April 18.

The conference comes a week after a group of Central American asylum seekers arrived at the USA border in Tijuana.

Monday's announcement came about a week after hundreds of Central American migrants traveled to the San Ysidro, Calif., port of entry seeking asylum following a monthlong caravan through Mexico. "People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border".

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