Sessions directs felony charges against repeat illegal immigrants

There were fewer than 12,000 people arrested while attempting to cross the border illegally in March 2017, a 64 percent decline from the same time past year, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The attorney general outlined his new directives for federal prosecutors to prioritize litigation against undocumented immigrants who enter and live in the US and those who aid them.

Sessions also announced a plan to hire and deploy 50 new immigration judges to the border this year and 75 more next year to address a massive backlog in immigration appeals.

To celebrate the DOJ's draconian new guidance, Sessions took a trip to the border town of Nogales, Arizona.

Undocumented immigrants who illegally re-enter the country after prior removal will be referred for felony prosecution. The memo directs federal prosecutors to focus on offenses that, Sessions believes, if aggressively charged and prosecuted, can help prevent and deter illegal immigration.

Under the new measures, all adults apprehended at the border will be detained. "They will not be released".

It's a well-documented fact that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not hesitate from airing his support of stringent immigration rules and the ensuing - and pretty indiscriminate - crackdown on undocumented immigrants initiated by President Donald Trump.

The new enforcement priorities, Attorney General Sessions said, will end the "Catch & Release Practices" of the Obama Administration and expand the Justice Department's role under the Trump Administration's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, Sessions said. But Sessions made the visit to highlight his focus on enforcing federal laws as dozens of US cities try to shield illegal immigrants from stepped-up prosecution and deportation efforts.




Sessions met with law enforcement, members of the military and border agents in Nogales, Ariz., urging their confidence in the administration as they push to implement policies boosting agents working to secure the southern border.

He pointed out that illegal crossings at the U.S. When possible in these cases, attorneys must pursue charges for document fraud and aggravated identity theft, with a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for the latter.

Under the new guidelines, the US' 94 Attorney offices would prosecute people engaged in human smuggling or harboring of undocumented immigrants.

Politico reporter Josh Dawsey took a partial quote from a Wall Street Journal story on Sessions' speech out of context, tweeting that Sessions described illegal immigrants as filth.

This is the first tour of the U.S. -Mexico border Sessions has made as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Sessions urged federal prosecutors to intensify their focus on immigration crimes such as illegal crossing or smuggling others into the US, even though such prosecutions are already happening on a large scale.

"Once again, Atty. Gen. Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born", said Gregory Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Assn.

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