Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would be cracking down on illegal immigration on Tuesday.
Sessions made it clear that the United States was living in the “Trump era.”
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned,” Sessions said, according to Politico. “This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”
Sessions released a three-page memo on Tuesday that outlined his plans for combating illegal immigration.
Opposing Views reports:
The memo also called on the DOJ to seek felony charges against undocumented immigrants who make repeated attempts to cross the border, charge undocumented immigrants who obtain falsified documents to obtain work with identity theft and to prosecute citizens who marry immigrants for the purpose of helping them acquire legal residence.
During his speech, Sessions stated that his DOJ would add more judges to rule on immigration crimes. In March, the DOJ had already announced that it would establish 14 new federal prisons to hold detained undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation in order to phase out the practice of “catch and release,” according to KTAR News.
Former deputy assistant attorney general Leon Fresco expressed concern towards Sessions and his version of the DOJ.
“We’ve never had this sort of zero tolerance for illegal immigration prosecutions… [The memo] could easily be interpreted to mean: ‘Prosecute as many people as you can for these things,'” Fresco said.
Former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan suggested that focusing too much on immigration will distract from other important issues.
“Which prosecutors and agents does [Sessions] want to divert from the growing threats like terrorism, cyber crime, the opioid and heroin trade, organized crime and cartel activity?” Durkan told The Washington Post. “The ‘surge’ philosophy always requires taking agents, money and prosecutors from other priorities.”
We say, keep going Sessions. Make America great again and reform our broken and abused immigration system.