The coddling of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border is coming to an end, much to the chagrin of the open border left.
As Congress diddles with fixing DACA and the flow of those entering the U.S. ticking upward, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that he is implementing a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal immigrants.
Federal prosecutors along the Southwest border were directed to make prosecuting criminal immigration offenses a priority and told to work with Homeland Security to develop guidelines for prosecuting offenses, according to a memo released Friday
“To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law,” Sessions said in a statement, according to The Hill, “I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice.”
The embattled attorney general hit Congress for the situation along the Southwest border, which he called “unacceptable.”
“Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest — that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border,” he said.
In what is certain to add to the incentive to enter the U.S illegally, policies that were the hallmark of the Obama administration are being scrutinized under by the Trump administration, to include a practice of offering legal advice to illegal immigrants in U.S. detention.
The Justice Department “will temporarily halt a program that offers legal assistance to detained foreign nationals facing deportation while it audits the program’s cost-effectiveness,” The Washington Post reported.
The Vera Institute of Justice was informed its Legal Orientation Program, which held 53,000 “information sessions” last year in over a dozen states, according to the paper, will be paused this month.
An immigration court official who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity expressed concerns about duplication, stressing that judges are already required to inform illegal immigrants of their rights before a hearing.
Vera’s “help desk,” which offers advice to illegal immigrants not detained but facing deportation is also being evaluated — the program’s available in the Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Antonio courts.
The Justice Department is faced with trying to reduce an immigration court backlog of 650,000 cases, the paper noted.
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