US Justice Dept. to end 'catch and release' immigration policy
- In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions is heralding "a new era," the Justice Department is prioritizing criminal prosecution of illegal immigrants and smugglers to support the Trump' administration's immigration enforcement plan - directing prosecutors to bring felony charges against those caught in the U.S. after a prior deportation.
The new enforcement priorities will end the "catch and release practices" of the Obama administration and expand the department's role in the Trump administration's plan to crack down on illegal immigration, Mr. Sessions said Tuesday during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
"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. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over," Mr. Sessions said in prepared remarks.
Illegal entry into the United States can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. But the DOJ's new guidelines indicate that prosecutors will seek felony charges in cases in which a person has a documented history of illegal entry into the U.S. For example, felony charges will be sought against someone who has two or more misdemeanor illegal entry convictions or at least one illegal entry conviction and another aggravating factor such as a felony criminal history, gang affiliation, or prior removals from the U.S.(Excerpt) Read more at: washingtontimes.com ...
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