Attorney General Jeff Sessions toured the U.S. -Mexico border near the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales, Ariz.
Citing violence associated with drug cartels and the MS-13 criminal gang, Sessions said Tuesday that the measures are meant to reduce the danger posed by those who entry the United States illegally and commit crimes. When we talk about MS-13 and other cartels, what do we mean?
He told Customs and Border Protection agents, "we hear you and we have your back", and he promised to "secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and federal criminal enforcement to combat this attack on our national security and sovereignty". "Instead, the Trump administration, and Mr. Sessions, are set on throwing good taxpayer money after bad on a boondoggle of a wall that will only cause greater harm to families and wildlife along the border, while failing as immigration policy".
In a rare example of Republicans and Democrats singing from the same hymn book, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed on Tuesday that the war on drugs needs to be stepped up at the U.S. -Mexico border. From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40 percent, which was unprecedented. Sessions said prosecutors should also prioritize fraudulent or "green card" marriages.
"If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it", said Sessions.
Sessions said the Justice Department would be hiring another 125 immigration judges over 2016-2017 to handle an expected surge in cases arising from the crackdown. Prosecutors will be required to consider prosecution for people who transport or harbor unauthorized immigrants across the border, putting a priority on those who smuggle three or more individuals, he wrote.
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Since he was confirmed, Sessions has widened the Justice Department's role in immigration prosecutions. This is what the American voter wants and what they will get. "It is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration". She said Sessions' message made it sound like everyone entering the USA from Mexico is doing so illegally.
Among them Make the Road New York's co-founder was appalled, calling Sessions' reforms an "anti-immigration crusade" to "criminalize immigrants", and called the recruitment of federal judges of creating a "reckless deportation dragnet". He said his office will respect local control and local authority of the nation's law enforcement departments, which is needed for effective policing.
But Mr. Sessions deviated from his prepared remarks and didn't say "filth" as he delivered his speech.
As for enforcement, each federal district has been instructed to have a "border security coordinator" in place by April 18, whose task it will be to oversee the investigation and prosecution of immigration-related crimes.