Sessions says border crossers will face prosecution

A boy weeps after being caught illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico near McAllen Texas U.S.   Thomson Reuters

A boy weeps after being caught illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico near McAllen Texas U.S. Thomson Reuters

Beauregard SessionsWhite House steps up efforts to confirm Central Intelligence Agency director Sentencing reform is moving in the wrong direction We should oppose Gina Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency nomination because of her torture record MORE on Monday is reportedly set to announce that the administration will increase its prosecution of parents crossing the USA border illegally, in the hope it will convince people to avoid making the trek for fear they will be separated from their children.

Sessions held a news conference with Thomas D. Homan, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and discussed "the immigration enforcement actions" of President Donald Trump's administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security will refer anyone caught entering the US illegally from Mexico to the Justice Department for prosecution.

In a news conference Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the separation is due to the legal process, adding that citizens in the US are also separated from their families when they're arrested.

Reports surfaced last month that various immigration and border officials are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to prosecute all parents crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally with their children in an effort to set an example for other migrants. "The second situation when we separate is when we prosecute".

"It's obvious that we can not take everyone who wants to come here without also hurting the interests of the citizens we are sworn to serve and protect".

The new policy is being implemented with the goal of a 100% prosecution rate for all that enter the US illegally, officials said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures as he speaks at the California Peace Officers' Association 26th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day on March 7, 2018, in Sacramento. "We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney's offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry".

The draconian new policy is expected to send a flood of deportation cases - and legal challenges - into federal courts.

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.

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