Individuals who cross illegally will no longer be apprehended and simply bused back over the border without charges, as the Border Patrol has done in the past, especially for people without criminal records or prior immigration violations.
"We're here to send a message to the world that we are not going to let the country be overwhelmed", Sessions said.More news: James Rodriguez hopes to make loan to Bayern Munich stay permanent
"If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you". 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. The Wall Street Journal, citing the Department of Health and Human Services, reported earlier Monday that 700 children had been separated from their families since October of past year.
Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, sent the order to border agents on Friday, according to two people familiar with the directive. "We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney's offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry". If you make false statements to an immigration officer or file a fraudulent asylum claim, that is a felony.More news: Kris Jenner Has Her Say On Son-In-Law Kayne West's 'Good Intentions'
"I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind hard situations", Sessions said Monday.
Sessions also spoke about tougher immigration enforcement, with his visit coming a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the US border in Tijuana following a roughly monthlong trek through Mexico.
In prepared remarks released to the media at an event in Arizona on Monday, Sessions said the government would also go after immigrants who pay smugglers to bring children across the border. "Each of those devices was tied to a threat to the American people", Sessions said, adding that the "stakes are high".More news: Ken Jeong gives medical attention to fan during stand-up show