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

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit the U.S. Mexico-border in San Diego on Monday to discuss the immigration enforcement efforts of the Trump Administration. "If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you". "If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you, as required by law".

"People are dying trying to enter this country".

The newspaper, citing a Department of Homeland Security official, reported a new Trump administration policy would separate parents and children in the event a family is detained for crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.

A person stopped by the border patrol and referred to a federal court to face charges is taken to jail by the U.S. Marshals Service and any of their children traveling with them are placed in government custody, with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Sessions said.

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Beauregard SessionsWhite House steps up efforts to confirm Central Intelligence Agency director Sentencing reform is moving in the wrong direction We should oppose Gina Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency nomination because of her torture record MORE on Monday is reportedly set to announce that the administration will increase its prosecution of parents crossing the USA border illegally, in the hope it will convince people to avoid making the trek for fear they will be separated from their children.

The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the planned announcement.

Sessions' so-called "zero tolerance policy" raises the possibility that immigration authorities could separate parents from their children whenever a family is apprehended attempting to cross the border. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in February to challenge the practice.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen officially enacted the policy on Friday, according to a Department of Homeland Security official speaking on condition of anonymity.

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However, families seeking asylum by voluntarily crossing at an official border crossing will be allowed to stay together while seeking protection status.

Sessions was scheduled to speak earlier on Monday in Arizona.

Justice Department officials said Sessions would hold a press conference with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan at 1 p.m.

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