Urging prosecutors to crack down on undocumented immigrants who are known criminals, on Tuesday, the Department of Justice instructed employees to step up “criminal immigration enforcement.”
In a speech to Customs and Border Protection, along the US-Mexico border, in Nogales, Arizona, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department will add 50 immigration judges this year, and 75 in the next year.
“We mean international 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. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks, even beheadings,” Sessions said. “They threaten the very integrity of our nations and our hemisphere. It is here on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system and to our peace and prosperity.”
Sessions had planned to say “where we first take our stand against this filth,” but slightly strayed from his prepared speech. His line quickly spread on social media. However, it is not uncommon for Sessions to go through his speeches as planned.
“In this fight, I am here to tell you, the brave men and women of the Customs and Border Protection: We hear you. We hear your concerns. We have your back. Under the president’s leadership and guided by his executive orders, we will secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and the federal enforcement and prosecutor to combat this attack on our national security and our sovereignty,” he said.
During the speech, Sessions said that he has directed federal prosecutors to “consider for prosecution” any crimes including the harboring or transferring of undocumented immigrants. Among other offenses included in the directive for prosecution are assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated identity theft, and document fraud.
Sessions announced that any undocumented immigrants who enter the US illegally, after being removed will be “referred for felony prosecution.”
Furthermore, the attorney general said that the department’s focus under this administration would be to secure the border, dismantle drug cartels and prosecute criminal undocumented workers.
“We will deploy a multifaceted approach. We are going to interdict your drugs on the way into this country, your money on the way out, and investigate and prosecute your trafficking networks to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.