Sessions says border crossers will face prosecution

Glen Norman
May 8, 2018

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. However, the Homeland Security official told the LA Times that under the new rule, parents will face prosecution while their children are taken to a separate facility.

Last week, Sessions announced that the Justice Department was sending 35 assistant USA attorneys to the southwestern border to to "prosecute illegal entries into our country", while 18 immigration judges would focus "full time" on clearing a backlog of asylum claims.

Justice Department officials said the two will discuss "immigration enforcement actions of the Trump Administration". "And Congress has already set them", Sessions said. If you help others do so, that's a felony also.

Sessions' visit follows a March visit by President Donald Trump to Otay Mesa to survey border wall prototypes.

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

"This administration is set on tearing families apart, detaining immigrants without justification, leaving USA -born children without their parents and stoking fear in immigrant communities, all while siphoning off taxpayer dollars to fund a divisive and ineffective wall", according to a DNC statement.

The conference comes a week after a group of Central American asylum seekers arrived at the USA border in Tijuana. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system", he continued.

Sessions also spoke about tougher immigration enforcement, with his visit coming a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the US border in Tijuana following a roughly monthlong trek through Mexico.

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