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Sessions makes case for increased criminal prosecutions of migrants at United States border

Sessions makes case for increased criminal prosecutions of migrants at United States border Sessions makes case for increased criminal prosecutions of migrants at United States border
Eleena Tovar | 19 Abril, 2017, 07:35

"This is the Trump era", the attorney general said.

In prepared remarks emailed to reporters ahead of a speech to border agents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was prepared to call cross-border gangs and drug cartels "filth". "The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws and the catch and release policy of the past are over".

In Arizona, as he stood near the border with Mexico, Sessions talked about the "transnational gangs like MS-13 and global cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake", and "criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders".

"We need a lawful system of immigration", Sessions said after his confirmation in February. Sessions said he will hire 125 new judges, 50 in 2017, and 75 in 2018 to hear immigration cases. Every U.S. attorney's office in the country ― even far from the border ― will now be required to have a person devoted to coordinating enforcement on immigration, Sessions announced.

He vowed the Trump administration would bring more felony charges for illegal border crossings, and promised to add 125 immigration judges in the next two years. In 2014, federal law enforcement agencies made 81,881 immigration arrests. He said all prosecutors would carefully protect the civil rights of people charged with crimes, and he defended Trump's proposed border wall, saying it will be another tool to fight illegal immigration amid efforts within the Justice Department and other branches of government to punish and deter border crossers. Trump said repeatedly that he would crack down on criminal organizations that help drive illegal immigration and seek to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

A crackdown on individuals who transport and harbor illegal immigrants. So this is the way to go - if we follow through on this, we can secure this border.

Following the border tour, Sessions will deliver a keynote speech at an International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Sessions' new directives mean that federal prosecutors will be compelled to make immigration offenses the bulk of their prosecution priorities, which has critics concerned about other crimes receiving minimal attention.

Undocumented immigrants who illegally re-enter the country after prior removal will be referred for felony prosecution. But the data clearly contradict Trump's narrative about lax federal enforcement on immigration and immigrants.

"This is no accident", he said, citing declining numbers of undocumented immigrants illegally entering the country.

"While dramatic progress has been made at the border in recent months, much remains to be done", Sessions told prosecutors in the memo.