Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Visit US-Mexico Border in San Diego
08 May, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Angel Logan
Crossing the USA border without authorization is already a misdemeanor on the first offense, and can be a felony for people who have been previously taken out of the U.S.
"If we do our duty to prosecute most cases, then children inevitably for a period of time might be held", Sessions said, speaking over shouts from a protestor with a bull-horn and mariachi music played by a band on the Mexico side.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the US will take a stricter stance on illegal crossings at the Mexico border by separating parents from children, rather than keeping them together in detention centers.
But by referring immigrants caught illegally crossing for criminal charges, the move means that if an adult comes across the border with children, they will be separated from those children as they await their criminal proceedings.
"If you smuggle an illegal alien across the border, then we'll prosecute you for smuggling", Sessions said.
"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".
Thirty-five federal prosecutors and 18 immigration judges have been re-directed to the border to handle immigration cases.
The new policy is being implemented with the goal of a 100% prosecution rate for all that enter the USA illegally, officials said. He advocated ending migration based on family reunification and claimed that a highly publicized immigrant caravan of Central American asylum-seekers was "undermining the laws of this country and the sovereignty of the United States".
Sessions' call for tougher immigration enforcement came a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the USA border in Tijuana following a roughly month-long trek through Mexico.
Previously, people apprehended crossing the border illegally were often deported without being criminally charged. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system", he continued.
Jason Greenblatt, the president's chief representative for Middle East peace negotiations, will also attend. The last round of peace talks on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed in 2014.
He was due to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence , National Security Advisor John Bolton and Congressional foreign policy leaders. In a call with Theresa May on Saturday, Trump "underscored his commitment to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon".
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