According to recently released Department of Justice data, Immigration Offenses make up more than half of all arrests made by Federal Law Enforcement. We mean global criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. He added, according to reports, "It is here on this very sliver of land-on this border-that we take our stand".
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.
Sessions, speaking in Nogales, Ariz., with customs and border protection officials, said those who unlawfully enter the country twice will be charged with a felony, instead of a misdemeanor. Every U.S. attorney's office in the country ― even far from the border ― will now be required to have a person devoted to coordinating enforcement on immigration, Sessions announced.
As our friends at Heritage observed, in addition to proceeding with building a wall along the Mexican border, the Trump administration has also called for the hiring of 5,000 more border patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents over the next couple of years.
Sessions also announced Tuesday that the department would surge the number of immigration judges - a move that advocates and immigration enforcement supporters alike recognize would alleviate the pressure on the immigration courts.
A memorandum made public Tuesday orders each federal border district to appoint a "border security coordinator" to oversee "the investigation and prosecution" of migrants under the new policy.
Sessions' visit comes amid new questions over the future of Trump's promised border wall. "And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration", he said.
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The Tucson sector, once the top gateway for crossings that includes Nogales and most of the Arizona border, saw 65,000 arrests previous year - about half of the arrests made in 2012. "Please don't come." Sessions said in an interview with host Sean Hannity.
And, Vox writer Matthew Yglesias tweeted that Sessions was talking about Latin-American immigrants.
He also opposed free-trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, that he said hurt the US working class by closing factories.
Sessions is one of the leading forces behind Trump's immigration policy, and has always been a proponent in the Senate of hard-line immigration policies.
"We will secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and federal criminal enforcement to combat this attack on our national security and sovereignty".
On April 11, Sessions delivered a speech before the border in Nogales, Arizona.
Jeff Sessions spoke to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Litchfield Park west of Phoenix on Tuesday.