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Sessions to tour Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday
23 April 2017, 02:25 | Stacy Allen
"This is the Trump era", Sessions said Tuesday in a speech at the Nogales Point of Entry in Arizona.
Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity", U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained to host Sean Hannity how border security has changed since President Donald Trump took office almost three months ago.
"The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over", the attorney general declared.
The guidance issued by Mr. Sessions orders federal prosecutors to prioritize criminal charges against illegal immigrants with a history of prior removals or other criminal convictions as well as charges against those who aid in the smuggling of illegal immigrants into the United States. He also said that the civil rights of the people - who are charged with criminal offences at the border - will be protected. Sessions also vowed to hire 125 immigration judges in order to handle a backlog of cases.
"The battle is far from over".
In prepared remarks emailed to reporters ahead of a speech to border agents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was prepared to call cross-border gangs and drug cartels "filth".
Critics have said that since the election of President Donald Trump, the crackdown has been on otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants and not violent ones.
Sessions will require federal prosecutors to consider charging illegal border crossers with document fraud and identity theft, where possible.
Trump has also received resignations from all the USA attorneys across the country, meaning he will now be able to hand pick the prosecutors who will implement Sessions' memo at the border. Sessions credited Trump's tough talk on immigration for the decline.
"We will now be detaining all adults who are apprehended at the border", Sessions said.
Overall, roughly six out of 10arrests by all federal agencies involved a non-US citizen, up from around four in 10.
What's your reaction to Sessions' announcement? "They will not be released", Sessions said.
Since he was confirmed, Sessions has widened the Justice Department's role in immigration prosecutions. A single homeland security agency, Customs and Border protection, arrested more people than the whole Justice department in 2014, says Pew.
"Which prosecutors and agents does he want to divert from the growing threats like terrorism, cyber crime, the opioid and heroin trade, organized crime and cartel activity?" asked Jenny Durkan, who served as US attorney for the Western District of Washington from 2009 to 2014.
Session is also speaking in Litchfield Park this afternoon, later will speak at Luke Air Force Base.
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