In his first tour along the southern border as a member of the White House cabinet, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Nogales, Arizona on Tuesday.
At a news conference following his tour, he talked about a new approach to immigration prosecution. Sessions said, “As we speak, I am issuing a document to all federal prosecutors that mandates the prioritization of such enforcement.”
He intends to add 50 immigration judges to the courts this year, and another 75 next year. He cited the need for “a lawful system of immigration.”
“The catch and release policies of the past are over,” Sessions promised, to the delight of conservatives and the consternation of the left.
The document contains some major changes. Unlawful entry into the country will now be a felony instead of a misdemeanor, as will illegally re-entering the country after having been removed.
He stated he also plans to crack down on the illegal transportation or harboring of aliens, identity theft and assault of a law enforcement officer.
Starting today, federal prosecutors are now required to consider for prosecution all of the following offenses, often not prosecuted in the past:
- Transportation and harboring of illegal aliens
- Smuggling gang members across the border
- Helping convicted criminals re-enter the country
- Illegal aliens will be charged with a felony for re-entering the country after deportation (instead of a misdemeanor)
- Crack down on document fraud
- Assaults on federal officers by illegal aliens will be punishable by jail time
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned, this is a new era… this is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the advocation of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch and release policies of the past are over,” Sessions promised.
See his full speech below.
H/T: KTAR News
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