Sessions outlines border enforcement plan

Posted April 13, 2017

Josh Breisblatt, a policy analyst at the American Immigration Council, said the attorney general's prosecution directive effectively makes illegal entry prosecutions a national priority, beyond the border states where the majority of cases are brought.

He also returned to a common theme from the Trump campaign by saying drug cartels and criminal gangs are turning American cities into "war zones" by raping and killing innocent people.

"It is here", Sessions continued, "on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth". "Now is the time for action, now is the time we will have results".

Sessions said gangs like MS-13, Los Zetas, and the drug cartels "profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders" and promised that President Donald Trump wanted to give CBP officers more tools in the "fight against criminal aliens" to stop the flow of drugs and people.

"The battle is far from over".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced several changes to the country's handling of immigration enforcement and border security.

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While not a drastic departure from previous efforts to combat illegal immigration and in keeping with other efforts made by this administration, former Obama Justice Department official Leon Fresco, now an immigration attorney, says that the execution will matter, especially if the guidelines from the Justice Department don't exempt legitimate asylum seekers from prosecution until their cases are decided.

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In fact, every USA attorney's office in the country is now required to assign someone as "border security coordinator".

Speaking at the Mariposa Port of Entry after a brief tour of the border, Sessions outlined plans to amp up prosecutions and detentions for immigrants apprehended at the border.

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. People who are caught by agents, or those who surrender at the border, are subject to deportation unless they can establish grounds for asylum.

Thing is, when Mashable's Chris Taylor, WSJ's David Enrich, and MSNBC's Kyle Griffin tweeted about it, they included the remarks that proved Sessions meant criminal organizations!

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"It will be this experienced prosecutor's job to coordinate the criminal immigration enforcement response for their respective offices", he added. "It is a direct threat to our legal system, peace and prosperity", he said.

Sessions credited Trump's tough talk on immigration for the decline.

The Arizona area saw about 65,000 arrests last fiscal year, roughly half the number agents made in 2012, according to Border Patrol data.

And, Vox writer Matthew Yglesias tweeted that Sessions was talking about Latin-American immigrants.

Following the border tour, Sessions will deliver a keynote speech at an International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

After touring the border, Sessions was the keynote speaker at an global conference of police chiefs in Litchfield Park, and spoke to personnel at Luke Air Force Base.

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