Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Jeff Sessions Announces a New Crackdown on Immigrants and "Filth"

In a press conference on the US border with Mexico, Sessions announced that the "Trump era" in immigration enforcement had begun.

Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated that the U.S. -Mexico border is not open for illegal activity and that those considering crossing into the U.S. unlawfully should stay home.

According to recently released Department of Justice data, Immigration Offenses make up more than half of all arrests made by Federal Law Enforcement.

"I took an oath to protect this country from all enemies", he explained.

In fact, a memo Sessions released on Tuesday instructs federal attorneys to consider prosecuting those who harbor illegal immigrants, especially those who become violent, those who enter illegally multiple times, and those who get married in order to gain legal status.

In his speech and remarks, Sessions unveiled new priorities and guidance for federal prosecutors to enforce immigration law.

Sessions said drug cartels and gangs "turn cities and suburbs into war zones" while profiting from smuggling "poison" and people across the U.S. -Mexico border.

In addition to 25 judges already assigned to border detention centers, Sessions said 50 more will be added to the bench this year and 75 the following year under a "streamlined hiring plan".

He also asked each district to designate a border-security coordinator by next week to work with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and other agencies to develop programs and training and to share information.

Federal prosecutors are now required to pursue felony charges against immigrants who commit document fraud or identity theft. "This is the Trump era", he said". He then thanked the individuals serving at that station for hosting his visit and praised them for putting "themselves in harm's way each day to secure our borders and protect us".

"It is here on this sliver of land on this border where we first take our stand".

Despite the declining apprehensions, Sessions defended the need for a wall, describing it as "a force multiplier" to deter future illegal immigration.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona, said in a written statement that Sessions' announcement "continues the intentional and systematic effort by this administration to criminalize immigrants, painting entire communities as guilty until proven innocent for actions that aren't even crimes".

Sessions will tour what is mostly rough terrain along the global border in Nogales, Arizona, about roughly 70 miles south of Tucson. "If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it", Sessions said.

Sessions cited an "unprecedented" 40 percent drop in illegal crossings in January and February of this year - adding that March had the lowest monthly figure for "at least 17 years".

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