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Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits Otay Mesa to tout new immigration crackdown

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Glenn Montgomery | 08 May, 2018, 02:17

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security will refer anyone caught entering the USA illegally from Mexico to the Justice Department for prosecution.

"If you smuggle an illegal alien across the border, then we'll prosecute you for smuggling", Sessions said.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to speak at 3 p.m., Central Time, Monday in San Diego near the U.S. border with Mexico.

Sessions also announced the Justice Department's intention to criminally prosecute every immigrant who illegally crosses the border, as opposed to simply busing them back over the border.

"When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so too does our ability to protect our great nation, its borders and its citizens", Sessions said in a statement. Trump himself was in Otay Mesa in March to survey prototypes of the border wall, which was a key promise of his anti-immigration presidential campaign.

The new policy is being implemented with the goal of a 100% prosecution rate for all that enter the US illegally, officials said.

Sessions' visit marks the third high-profile Trump administration visit to the border region in the last two months.

On April 18, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen paid a visit to Calexico to see the replacement of a border barrier. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system", he continued. "People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border".

"U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for quickly filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the southwestern border".

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