Published: Tue, May 08, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego border Monday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego border Monday

All immigrants who cross the border illegally will be charged with a crime under a new "zero-tolerance" border enforcement policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday in a crackdown that could overwhelm already-clogged detention facilities and immigration courts with hundreds of thousands of new cases.

"If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you", Sessions said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

"I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving hard situations", Sessions said. "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law". "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally".

According to the report, families that are detained for illegal crossings have typically been kept together in the past. "It's not my problem, it's not the US border control's problem when people try to force their way into the country unlawfully". Everything you need to know about the migrant caravanMore than 150 of them have turned themselves into American authorities to claim asylum. The Washington Post reported last month that it was being considered.

President Donald Trump was in San Diego to survey border wall prototypes in March, and Vice President Mike Pence addressed Homeland Security and Border Patrol employees at the El Centro Border Patrol Station on April 30, to call for tougher controls on immigration. The woman's lawyers have used those statements as evidence in her case.

Sessions said the US will put in place a "zero tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border".


But recent figures are in line with seasonal trends in recent years and are the product of a precipitous decline in illegal crossings over the last several decades.

A similar effort to prosecute all illegal entries in certain high-volume sectors of the border was put in place under the Bush administration, known as "Operation Streamline".

Thirty-five federal prosecutors and 18 immigration judges have been re-directed to the border to handle immigration cases.

"We are not going to let this country be invaded".

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story's headline misstated the agency that would prosecute those who cross the border illegally.

Like this: