USA to separate families crossing border illegally

USA to separate families crossing border illegally

"While we understand that, that is the law they get placed into the system and we know the system is not all that flawless". Border agents had also tried to keep parents and children at the same detention site. "Now, you will see more prosecutions because of the attorney general's commitment to zero tolerance". After the United States Border Patrol discovered in 2014 that they were apprehending more non-Mexican illegal immigrants than Mexicans at the border of the US and Mexico, American leaders put pressure on their southern neighbor to stop the flow of migrants travelling from conflict-riddled Central American countries. "Are you going to be separating families?"

Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, echoed Sessions, saying the policy will lead to more prosecutions, including parents who must be separated from their children. Children, who can not be held in criminal detention, will be placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services while their parents are in custody.

The Democratic National Committee denounced Sessions's comments and the Trump administration's immigration policy as an "affront to our values as a nation". The new approach will separate thousands of children from their parents when they are arrested, which critics called inhumane.

Speaking in San Diego yesterday, Sessions insisted that people who come over the border illegally will be prosecuted. There is no new policy. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in February to challenge the practice.

Entering the United States without permission and proper documents has always been a misdemeanor, but previous policies allowed many of those apprehended to go through the administrative deportation process, rather than face criminal charges.

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Sessions' Monday announcement comes a week after a caravan of hundreds of asylum-seekers descended on Tijuana, Mexico, to present themselves at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

The families - and many other illegal immigrants - are increasingly taking advantage of generous USA asylum laws. People should wait their turn, ask to apply lawfully before they enter our country. Agents detained almost 40,000 unauthorized immigrants. From April 2017 to April 2018, the number of apprehensions and "inadmissible" border crossings tripled, according to DHS.

The attorney general said the Department of Justice would send 18 immigration judges - a 50 per cent increase - and 35 prosecutors to the Southwest region of the U.S., arguing that Americans had been "pleading" for tighter immigration enforcement for decades.

A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers, though they usually do far less time, and two years for repeat offences. He cited a doubling of detentions for illegal entry along that border in April 2018, compared to the same month previous year.

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