Sessions to tour Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday


Sessions has made immigration enforcement a key Justice Department priority, saying he will speed up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of federal crimes.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News' "Hannity" Tuesday night that the Trump administration is trying to send a strong message to anyone thinking of trying to enter America illegally.

According to recently released Department of Justice data, Immigration Offenses make up more than half of all arrests made by Federal Law Enforcement.

Sessions singled out gangs and cartels as "criminal organizations" that turn "cities and suburbs into war-zones", that "rape and kill innocent" people and profit from "smuggling poison and other human beings across the border". In a speech, he derided violent cartel and gang members and those smuggling people across the border, and he promised to take a stand against them.

During his stop in Nogales, Sessions toured the border and credited President Trump for a steep drop in illegal crossings from Mexico.

"The battle is far from over".

Already, Sessions said, the Justice Department has posted 25 immigration judges in detention centers along the border, and he plans to add 125 more over the next two years.

• When possible, charging undocumented immigrants "with document fraud and aggravated identity theft".

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In contrast to the dire picture Sessions painted, crime rates in American border cities have been dropping for at least five years.

Cracking down on unauthorized immigration was a campaign staple for Donald Trump, and on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new measures for executing the president's long-expressed commitment to the issue. "They will not be released".

"We will now be detaining all adults who are apprehended at the border", Sessions said. He was responding to a question from a reporter about Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, who had been convicted of using false work papers and was suddenly deported in February despite having two teenage children who were US citizens.

The Attorney General said the Trump Administration's focus on stemming the flow of immigrants across the border is an effort to protect communities from the violence he argues that immigrants bring.

Civil rights advocates, however, characterized Sessions' directive as an attempt to intimidate immigrant communities.

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly also issued stringent border control guidelines in February, broadening the scope of immigrants who could be targeted for deportation.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said he wasn't invited to Tuesday's tour and would have gladly shared his thoughts on border security and the needs of local law enforcement.

Session is also speaking in Litchfield Park this afternoon, later will speak at Luke Air Force Base.