Sessions to tour Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to law enforcement officers in Richmond Va. Sessions favors decades-old drug and crime-fighting strategies even as some people involved in criminal justice during that time

"This is a new era".

The 70-year-old, who has been a staunch proponent of crackdown on immigrants and asylums seekers made the comments during a speech for agents of the US Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Nogales, Arizona, on Tuesday. He said law enforcement would no longer catch and release undocumented immigrants taken into custody at the border.

Sessions singled out gangs and cartels as "criminal organizations" that turn "cities and suburbs into war-zones", that "rape and kill innocent" people and profit from "smuggling poison and other human beings across the border".

Sessions ordered all border district U.S. attorneys to begin making felony cases against individuals who illegally enter the United States and have done so two times prior, or have gotten a misdemeanor for doing so once before and have other "aggravating circumstances" like gang convictions. He also said that the civil rights of the people - who are charged with criminal offences at the border - will be protected.

Sessions also announced he's increasing staffing at the overwhelmed immigration courts, adding 50 more immigration judges this year and 75 next year.

"The battle is far from over". He also mysteriously side-stepped a fear-mongering line about criminal "filth" supposedly plaguing the U.S. -Mexico border that was included in his prepared remarks on his new plans. "This is the Trump era".

Sessions will require federal prosecutors to consider charging illegal border crossers with document fraud and identity theft, where possible.

Following the more than 10-minute news conference, Sessions fielded questions from reporters. "This is The Trump Era", USAG Sessions told immigration officials in Arizona. "Please don't come." Sessions said in an interview with host Sean Hannity.




The policy is part of a broader plan to toughen immigration laws and speed deportations, said David Lapan, a spokesmanfor the Department of Homeland Security.

"Each U.S. attorney has a finite quantity of resources that should be expended on the most important offenses", says Rickerd.

Former prosecutors said they didn't expect the memo to dramatically affect US attorneys offices along the southern border, which already bring thousands of such cases each year.

Sessions' announcement was the latest move by the Trump administration to deter illegal immigration.

The new directives could result in a surge in undocumented immigrants detained in USA prisons.

As a senator, Sessions vigorously opposed immigration law reform. "To support this mission, we have already surged 25 immigration judges to detention centers along the border".

After touring the border, Sessions was the keynote speaker at an worldwide conference of police chiefs in Litchfield Park, and spoke to personnel at Luke Air Force Base.

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