Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that there will be a whole new wave of immigration enforcement, like the country has never seen before.
“This is the Trump era,” the attorney general said.
He talked about getting rid of immigrants in order to protect American communities from gangs like El Salvador’s MS-13, which has had quite a few brush ins with police on this side of the border. He also mentioned that the new crackdowns would help to get rid of illegal drug trafficking.
Speaking in Arizona, Sessions added, “It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth. In this fight, I am here to tell you, the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection: we hear you, and we have your back.”
The Daily Caller has more:
The attorney general announced that federal prosecutors are mandated to consider for felony prosecution people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants, and illegal immigrants who re-enter the country after being deported, especially those with a criminal history or gang affiliation. According to a memo signed Tuesday, prosecutors should, where possible, also charge illegal immigrants “with document fraud and aggravated identity theft — the latter carrying a two-year mandatory minimum sentence.”
“Finally, and perhaps most importantly: I have directed that all 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices make the prosecution of assault on a federal law enforcement officer — that’s all of you — a top priority. If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it,” Sessions added in his prepared remarks. The attorney general wrote in the memo that prosecutors should, where possible, seek orders of removal in these cases outlined above.
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” Sessions said. “In that vein, I am also pleased to announce a series of reforms regarding immigration judges to reduce the significant backlogs in our immigration courts.”
These reforms include a surge of 25 immigration judges at detention centers along the border, and the hiring of 50 new immigration judges in 2017 and an additional 75 in 2018.