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#Popcorn Moment- AG Jeff Sessions On Illegal Immigration

#Popcorn Moment- AG Jeff Sessions On Illegal Immigration

In Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was greeted by a protester with a bullhorn who denounced Sessions as "evil" as he outlined the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy for parents who attempt to cross the U.S. -Mexico border with children-one that will forcibly separate families and subject parents to prosecution.

"If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you - it's that simple". Under the new policy of "zero tolerance", Sessions said the goal is for "100 percent" of all illegal border crossers to be referred by DHS to federal prosecutors and charged with "improper entry by an alien", facing up to six months in prison.

After President Donald Trump called last month for renewed efforts to reduce illegal border crossings, Sessions ordered USA attorneys on the border to prosecute migrants "to the extent practicable". "Devoting our finite resources to achieve misdemeanor convictions, especially when it results in the separation of mothers from their children is, at best, bad public policy and, at worst, unlawful selective prosecution". Family groups caught crossing the USA border without authorization will be immediately broken up, with the parents detained and prosecuted for illegal entry while their children are taken away from them. They were speaking at Friendship Park, San Diego, at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Previously, families crossing the border to seek asylum would be met by border patrol and usually put under surveillance or given ankle monitors while awaiting their immigration hearing or interviews to assess their situation.

"If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you".

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Sessions says parents will likely be separated...

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will discuss immigration enforcement during a Southern California visit. If their parents are held in jail, the children will have to be taken elsewhere, the Journal explains. After the United States Border Patrol discovered in 2014 that they were apprehending more non-Mexican illegal immigrants than Mexicans at the border of the USA and Mexico, American leaders put pressure on their southern neighbor to stop the flow of migrants travelling from conflict-riddled Central American countries.

A heckler with a megaphone in San Diego interrupted Sessions. "Is that why you're here?" the man demanded to know as Sessions' staffers attempted to remove him from the event. According to NBC, this means separating parents from their children.

Sessions made clear his intention isn't to help caravan migrants navigate the labyrinthine process of asylum-seeking with greater ease-his Department of Justice has already filed criminal charges for illegal entry against 11 asylum seekers believed to be members of the caravan. "That's more than the population of Portugal or the state of Georgia", adding that illegal border crossings "must end". "We are not facing a "massive influx" of undocumented migrants coming across the U.S. -Mexico border". The priest in charge of the Catholic Church's local diocese in Chiapas near the border of Mexico and Guatemala, said, "Today the Mexican government is hunting migrants without sympathy, even though the exact same thing is happening to Mexicans at the US border".

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