Sessions makes case for increased criminal prosecutions of migrants at U.S. border

4/11/2017 Reuters

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In an unusual move for the head of the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to speak with Department of Homeland Security personnel on Tuesday to make the case for increased prosecutions of migrants. Sessions, a long-time proponent of tougher immigration enforcement during his time in the U.S. Senate, told U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Nogales in Arizona that more illegal immigrants should be prosecuted as criminals.

“Why are we doing this?” he said. “Because it is what the duly enacted laws of the United States require.”

To that end, Sessions announced that each U.S. attorney would be required to designate a point person on border security prosecutions by April 18. The person in that position, known as a border security coordinator, will be directed to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security, according to Sessions’ memo.

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