US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in San Diego

Posted May 08, 2018

"This misguided policy is another statement of cruelty from President TrumpDonald John TrumpBaldwin spotlights mother's drug addiction, efforts to combat opioid abuse in ad Giuliani says he's "focused on the law more than the facts right now" Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on U.S. voter MORE's Department of Homeland Security", Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement.

But by referring immigrants caught illegally crossing for criminal charges, the move means that if an adult comes across the border with children, they will be separated from those children as they await their criminal proceedings.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking up immigration issues at the U.S. -Mexico border in San Diego on Monday.

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"Illegal immigration must end!" he tweeted on Friday.

"If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you", the attorney general flatly stated.

"Those apprehended will be sent directly to federal court under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, and their children will be transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement", the DHS official said in an email. Everything you need to know about the migrant caravanMore than 150 of them have turned themselves into American authorities to claim asylum.

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President Donald Trump's Department of Justice announced plans Monday to begin separating parents and children at the border, a change from a long-time immigration policy which, generally, allowed them to stay together while their cases are processed. The DHS said that there have been about 30,000 prosecution referrals since the start of the 2018 fiscal year in October, up from 18,642 prosecutions for the entire 2017 fiscal year.

In a news conference Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the separation is due to the legal process, adding that citizens in the USA are also separated from their families when they're arrested. However, the Homeland Security official told the LA Times that under the new rule, parents will face prosecution while their children are taken to a separate facility.

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