Jeff Sessions: Parents and Children Illegally Crossing the Border Will Be Separated

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Earlier Monday, Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to refer anyone who crosses into the USA through the Mexican border to his office to be prosecuted.

Currently, border patrol agents usually try to keep families united by sending all their members to the same detention center, but with the new policy "most parents will be prosecuted and children sent to a separate refugee facility", the official said.

Sessions acknowledged that if an immigrant is accompanied by a child "that child will be separated from you as required by law".

Immigration activists denounced the new policy to separate parents from children, and said they expect to see it challenged in court.

The attorney general added that making false statements to an immigration officer, filing a fraudulent asylum claim or helping others do so would be prosecuted as felonies.

"We are not going to let this country be invaded".

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"People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border". "Attorney General Sessions continues to abuse his authority to expedite removals and deprive detained immigrants of legal counseling and due process, which further highlights this administration's hostility towards immigrant communities".

Monday's announcement came about a week after hundreds of Central American migrants traveled to the San Ysidro, Calif., port of entry seeking asylum following a monthlong caravan through Mexico. Sessions has echoed the president's comments, calling the caravan a "deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".

"I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind hard situations", Sessions said Monday.

"It's obvious that we can not take everyone who wants to come here without also hurting the interests of the citizens we are sworn to serve and protect".

Sessions noted that the Department of Justice will send 35 prosecutors and 18 immigration judges to the Southwest, equating to a roughly 50 percent increase in the number of judges hearing asylum cases.