President Trump has been working hard since his inauguration to crackdown on immigration violations. The days of ‘catch and release’ are long over as indicated by the immigration raids completed by ICE. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been an outspoken advocate for the President’s immigration policy. He has said that he will block federal grant funding for sanctuary cities. Now, he has released some sweeping new plans that will secure the border very quickly.
During his tour of the United States and Mexican border he told a crowd of Customs and Border Protection personnel the following in Nogales, Arizona,
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. We hear you and we have your back! The catch and release practices of old are over.”
Immigration policy is a complex and serious issue. The new Attorney General laid out his multifaceted plan to make illegal immigration a non-issue.
- First, all adult illegal immigrants caught crossing the border without proper documentation will be immediately detained.
- One hundred and twenty-five new immigration judges will be appointed in order to deal with this potential increase in arrests.
Since the President took office the number of border crossings was cut in half. Due to the immigration raids twenty-five immigration judges have been sent to various detention centers along the Mexican-American border.
Some of these new provisions are addressed in Sessions’ new memorandum he sent to all U.S. Attorney’s offices.
- He has forcibly instructed them to abide by stricter prosecution guidelines on immigration offenses.
- This means that repeat offenders will be referred to felony prosecution charges.
- Re-entry by illegal immigrations will also be a felony offense.
- Priority will be given to those illegal aliens with gang affiliations, as well as, copious criminal records, as well as, those who are caught transporting illegal aliens to and from the United States.
- Aggravated identity theft will be the charge for smugglers who are caught with fraudulent documentation.
By the start of business next week every U.S. Attorney’s office in the country will have a designated “Border Security Coordinator” who will assist in carrying out these new guidelines. They will also be responsible for assembling a new report of statistics based on the follow through of these new guidelines.
Attorney General Sessions has adamantly defended his policy and pointed to the forty percent drop in illegal border crossings as an indication that his and the White House’s new policies are working saying,
“This is no accident. This is what happens when you have a President who understands the threat, who is not afraid to publicly identify the threat and stand up to it.”
These certainly seem to be hard and fast immigration policy stances. In the words of Sessions, ‘catch and release’ is over. If you illegally immigrate to the United States you will not go unpunished. As the President said during his campaign, living in the United States is a privilege, not a right. It is a privilege that must be earned. The United States will no longer incentivize coming to this country illegally.
Allowing illegal immigration to go unpunished is also wildly unfair to immigrants who went through the long and arduous process of coming here legally. Sessions’ and Trump’s new guidelines will no doubt work exponentially well. Sometimes people just need tough love.