US Sessions calls for harsher penalties for those who repeatedly enter the US illegally

02:35  12 april  2017
02:35  12 april  2017 Source:   Tribune News Service

Immigration arrests at Mexican border continue to plummet

  Immigration arrests at Mexican border continue to plummet The head of Homeland Security says arrests of people entering the United States illegally across the Mexican border plummeted last month. That's a signal that fewer people are trying to sneak into the U.S.John Kelly says in written testimony submitted to a Senate panel that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border last month. That compares with more than 58,000 that he says were detained in February. It's the lowest monthly figure in at least 17 years.Kelly says the decrease is "no accident" and credits President Donald Trump's approach to illegal immigration.

He said waterboarding, a now-banned harsh interrogation technique that Trump has at times expressed support for, was "absolutely improper and illegal ." Though he said he would prosecute immigrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally and criticized as constitutionally

Democrats harshly criticized Sessions for being too close to Trump, too harsh on immigrants, and too weak on civil rights. Though he said he would prosecute immigrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally and criticized as constitutionally "questionable" an executive action by Obama that

Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves a news conference after touring the U.S.-Mexico border with border officials, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Nogales, Ariz. Sessions announced making immigration enforcement a key Justice Department priority, saying he will speed up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of federal crimes. © (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves a news conference after touring the U.S.-Mexico border with border officials, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Nogales, Ariz. Sessions announced making immigration enforcement a key Justice Department priority, saying he will speed up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of federal crimes. NOGALES, Ariz. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors in the states bordering Mexico to crack down harder on migrants who repeatedly enter the country illegally.

A memorandum made public Tuesday orders each federal border district to appoint a "border security coordinator" to oversee "the investigation and prosecution" of migrants under the new policy.

DHS won't rule out arresting crime victims, witnesses

  DHS won't rule out arresting crime victims, witnesses The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it can't promise that immigrants in the United States illegally won't beThe comments by Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan at a news briefing come amid concerns by local officials that Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are making arrests in courthouses. They say that can deter some victims from reporting crimes or witnesses from cooperating in investigations.

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"For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era," Sessions said Tuesday in a speech at the Nogales Point of Entry in Arizona.

The border districts are Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Texas and Western Texas.

Currently, the crime of improper entry by a migrant is a misdemeanor. Under the new policy, it will be prosecuted as a felony for migrants who already have two such misdemeanor convictions or for those with just one conviction if there are aggravating circumstances, such as gang affiliation.

Greg Chen, Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, criticized the new policy for what he said amounted to targeting migrants who pose no threat to U.S. citizens.

Homeland Security chief backtracks on splitting families

  Homeland Security chief backtracks on splitting families Parents and children caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally generally can remain together, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday, in a partial reversal of previous comments. Secretary John Kelly told a Senate panel that families would not be separated unless the "situation at the time requires it." He gave as possible examples if the mother is sick or addicted to drugs. But he said separation would not be routine.

Some are calling for harsher penalties -- and for his job. "When you do things that are not compatible with being a police officer, we have to take action on that ," said Richard Schend, Kenosha Police and Fire Commission president.

Some are calling for harsher penalties -- and for his job. "When you do things that are not compatible with being a police officer, we have to take action on that ," said Richard Schend, Kenosha Police and Fire News. Not guilty plea entered from man accused of punching 2 officers in the face.

"Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born," Chen said. "He and President Trump are wasting more federal taxpayer dollars going after illegal border crossers instead of protecting the American public."

Sessions had called for immigration courts to speed up prosecutions and for the Justice Department to hire 75 more immigration judges, along with 60 more border enforcement prosecutors.

When Sessions was a U.S. senator, he frequently charged that the federal government was not doing enough to address illegal immigration. In his confirmation hearings to become attorney general, he faced harsh opposition from Democrats who questioned his record on civil rights.

Sessions will continue his Arizona tour Tuesday in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Division Midyear Conference, followed by a tour of Luke Air Force Base.

Sessions defends comments on Hawaii judge who blocked travel ban .
The attorney general refused to back down after his remark came under fire."I don't know that I said anything I'd want to phrase differently," Sessions said during an appearance on CNN. "No, we're going to defend the president's order. We believe it's constitutional. We believe there's specific statutory authority for everything in that order.

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