Measures against undocumented immigrants will be hardened
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS ANNOUNCED
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U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, shared with Customs and Border Protection personnel in Nogales, Arizona, important changes to immigration prosecution and enforcement. “Where an alien has unlawfully entered the country, which is a misdemeanor, that alien will now be charged with a felony if they unlawfully enter or attempt [to] enter a second time and certain aggravating circumstances are present,” said Sessions.
In addition, the Attorney General announced a crackdown on individuals who transport and harbor illegal immigrants. He said, according to his prepared remarks, “We are going to shut down and jail those who have been profiting off this lawlessness —people smuggling gang members across the border, helping convicted criminals re-enter this country, and preying on those who don’t know how dangerous the journey can be.”
The new immigration policy defines as a felony the fraud and identity theft. Sessions said, “Where possible, prosecutors are directed to charge criminal aliens with document fraud and aggravated identity theft —the latter carrying a two-year mandatory minimum sentence.” And finally, Sessions announced the appointment of 50 new immigration judges before the end of 2017.