Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

DOJ Aims To Prosecute '100 Percent' Of Illegal Border Crossings

DOJ Aims To Prosecute '100 Percent' Of Illegal Border Crossings

The country "cannot take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation", Sessions said, before referring to a Gallup poll that indicated 150 million people around the world want to immigrate to the United States.

A person stopped by the border patrol and referred to a federal court to face charges is taken to jail by the U.S. Marshals Service and any of their children traveling with them are placed in government custody, with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Sessions said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security will refer anyone caught entering the US illegally from Mexico to the Justice Department for prosecution.

Sessions also said that families who illegally cross the border may be separated after their arrest, with children sent to juvenile shelters while their parents are sent to detention facilities.

Reports surfaced last month that various immigration and border officials are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to prosecute all parents crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally with their children in an effort to set an example for other migrants. "If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you, as required by law". "But we can not take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation".

The attorney general said he has sent 35 prosecutors to that region to work on those cases.

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.

"It's that simple", Sessions added, describing the new policy as zero tolerance.

Considering that the rates of illegal crossing across the border have already dropped during the Trump Administration, this new measure only seeks to continue to establish fear and terror in the shoes of so many immigrants who desperately seek to save their lives and those of their children when crossing the border "illegally".

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