Atty. Gen. Sessions Vows to Prosecute All Who Illegally Cross Border

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"We are not going to let this country be invaded".

Crossing the USA border without authorization is already a misdemeanor on the first offense, and can be a felony for people who have been previously taken out of the U.S. "We need legality and integrity in our immigration system", he continued.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Monday the Department of Justice wants to prosecute "100 percent" of people who illegally cross the southwest USA border.

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. If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you.

Immigration activists denounced the new policy to separate parents from children, and said they expect to see it challenged in court.

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Sessions' visit follows a March visit by President Donald Trump to Otay Mesa to survey border wall prototypes.

He said he has sent 35 prosecutors to the Southwest and moved 18 immigration judges to the border to help with asylum claims.

"I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind hard situations", Sessions said Monday. "But we can not take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation".

Sessions' trip marked the fourth time a high-ranking Trump official has visited the California-Mexico border region in recent months.

"It's that simple", Sessions added, describing the new policy as zero tolerance. "That's more than the population of Portugal or [the state of] Georgia".