Sessions Outlines Plan While Visiting the Border

"But it is also here, along this border, that transnational gangs like MS-13 and worldwide cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake".

Sessions announced the directive Tuesday in a press conference at the US border with Mexico in Nogales, Arizona, report Politico, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has 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.

- Assault or or resistance of law enforcement officers engaged in immigration duties.

The tone of his comments at times echoed the explicit rhetoric President Trump himself used when discussing illegal immigration and cartels during the campaign.

Sessions said he has also put in place a new hiring program so judges will get placed faster than the 18 to 24 months it typically takes.

Sessions also announced that he was sending a memorandum to all federal prosecutors directing them to make prosecution of certain immigration offenses a higher priority.

But according to Catherine Thompson of Talking Points Memo, Sessions dropped "against this filth" while delivering the speech to border agents in Nogales, Arizona.

Jeff Sessions has a message for people seeking to cross the southern border into the U.S.: "This is the Trump era". Sessions also instructed the Justice Department to pursue felony charges when applicable for immigrants who try to enter the USA illegally on multiple occasions. He proposed felony prosecution for people with two or more prior misdemeanor convictions for improperly entering the US, and he ordered prosecutors to get tougher on those who re-enter the country after being deported or who are found guilty of identity theft. Sessions said, "Where possible, prosecutors are directed to charge criminal aliens with document fraud and aggravated identity theft-the latter carrying a two-year mandatory minimum sentence". "This is the Trump era", said Sessions, according to prepared remarks released by DOJ.

Sessions has made immigration enforcement a key Justice Department priority, saying he will speed up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of federal crimes.

Sessions outlined the series of changes, which included plans to add 50 judges to immigration courts this year and 75 next year, while touring the Arizona-Mexico border with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

If civil rights enforcement was the signature issue of the Obama Justice Department, the Trump Justice Department's issue so far seems to be immigration.

  • Larry Hoffman