Children could be separated from parents if families caught crossing border illegally

Children could be separated from parents if families caught crossing border illegally

Children could be separated from parents if families caught crossing border illegally

The Trump administration has made a decision to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the border.

"If you smuggle an illegal alien across the border, then we'll prosecute you for smuggling", Sessions said. The parents will be held in custody, while their children may be released to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. However, the Homeland Security official told the LA Times that under the new rule, parents will face prosecution while their children are taken to a separate facility.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking up immigration issues at the U.S. -Mexico border in San Diego on Monday.

"We are not going to let this country be invaded". If you make false statements to an immigration officer or file a fraudulent asylum claim, that is a felony.

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.

The Department of Homeland Security reported nearly 51,000 people were arrested or turned away at the southwest border in April. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system".

Sessions' visit follows a March visit by President Donald Trump to Otay Mesa to survey border wall prototypes.

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

The attorney general said he has sent 35 prosecutors to that region to work on those cases.

"I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving hard situations", Sessions said. "But we can not take everyone on this planet who is in a hard situation".

"These trends are clear; these trends must end", Sessions said, adding that "11 million people are here already illegally".

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