Jeff Sessions: Parents and Children Illegally Crossing the Border Will Be Separated

AG Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego

Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Monday the Department of Justice wants to prosecute "100 percent" of people who illegally cross the southwest USA border.

Those who enter the US illegally will not be detained and returned over the border; anyone who crosses into the country illegally can expect to be held for prosecution, the LA Times reported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures as he speaks at the California Peace Officers' Association 26th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day on March 7, 2018, in Sacramento.

Last week, Sessions announced that the Justice Department was sending 35 assistant US attorneys to the southwestern border to to "prosecute illegal entries into our country", while 18 immigration judges would focus "full time" on clearing a backlog of asylum claims. "It's that simple", Sessions said.

"It's obvious that we can not take everyone who wants to come here without also hurting the interests of the citizens we are sworn to serve and protect".

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Sessions' visit marks the third high-profile Trump administration visit to the border region in the last two months.

"U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for quickly filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the southwestern border".

The Department of Homeland Security reported nearly 51,000 people were arrested or turned away at the southwest border in April.

The attorney general previously spoke out about the caravan last week when federal prosecutors alleged that 11 of the immigrants had tried to cross the border illegally under the cover of darkness. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system", he continued. "We are dealing with a massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest Border".

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