Jeff Sessions Plans to Target Undocumented Immigrants

All throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed that his administration’s Department of Justice would focus on “law and order.” The promises included a proposed uptick in power for law enforcement officers and a systematic targeting of undocumented immigrants. Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bringing that vision to fruition.

Gone are the days when the White House expressed concern about how law enforcement treats people of color — be they natural born citizens or immigrants. Just a day after remaining almost completely silent over United Airlines’ forceful removal of an Asian passenger, Sessions released a written statement encouraging all prosecutors to work harder and faster on prosecuting undocumented individuals who live in the country.

To aid them, Sessions announced that 25 new immigration court judges have been appointed, with 50 more to come before 2017 ends — and another 75 during 2018. He will also create of border security coordinator roles for assistant state attorneys general.

“Speaking from a border port of entry in Nogales, Arizona, Sessions vowed a dramatic Justice Department crackdown on illegal immigration that would include felony charges for people who illegally enter the United States multiple times or get married in order to gain legal status,” reports Politico. “’For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned,’ Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery. ‘This is a new era. This is the Trump era.’ He continued: ‘The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.’”

This new announcement comes as the latest in the department’s plans to “streamline” deportation and make it more efficient. “In March, Sessions said that the Justice Department will expand an existing program aimed at holding deportation hearings for immigrants while they are still in federal prison known as the Institutional Hearing Program,” reports Business Insider. “Holding the hearings before the inmates’ sentences are finished would allow the government to deport them immediately when they’re released, as opposed to waiting until they go through an immigration court. Sessions’ proposal would set up 14 federal prisons and six contract facilities for immigration removal proceedings.”

Of course, faster proceedings, eagerness to up prosecution numbers and a zeal for deportation creates an environment ripe for mistakes and abuses.

Meanwhile, the Trump DOJ already has a pretty miserable track record on the facts, if their “crimes committed by illegals” weekly reports are any indication. According to Fusion, the reports have been utterly full of errors, requiring so many subsequent corrections that the entire project has been canned for now.

“Several police agencies questioned the accuracy of the reports. Since ICE started publishing the reports last month, they’ve issued eight corrections, an apology, and are now ceasing the report until an undisclosed amount of time,” Fusion reports. “This comes as more police chiefs call for corrections and apologies. The New York Times quoted a sheriff in Minnesota who called the report ‘incorrect in many ways’.”

Legal experts worry that the surge in resources to “battle” illegal immigration will cause a redirection of funding and manpower needed desperately in other areas.

“Which prosecutors and agents does he want to divert from the growing threats like terrorism, cybercrime, the opioid and heroin trade, organized crime and cartel activity?” Jenny Durkan, who served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington from 2009 to 2014, asked according to the Washington Post. “The ‘surge’ philosophy always requires taking agents, money and prosecutors from other priorities. In fact, the cost of satisfying Washington will reduce the ability of every U.S. attorney to address the greatest threats in their communities.”

Others worry that even with new judges and expedited hearings, the court system still will be unable to handle the overwhelming numbers that Sessions encourages for prosecution.

Within days of winning the election, President Trump vowed to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants from the country. Now, less than three months from inauguration, his attorney general has announced that the apparatus to do so is in place.  It appears that this is one campaign promise the president is determined to keep — regardless of the resulting threats to the country’s economy and security.

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67 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Donn M
Donn M7 months ago

Excellent news.

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Marisol V
Marisol V7 months ago

BTW I don't hate whites or Europeans but be honest with yourselves and your place in history. You have no right to call a group of people invaders in their own lands. The US especially are experts at invading and oppressing countries for profit.

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Marisol V
Marisol V7 months ago

The Americas belong to the natives of the Americas not European invaders who have the nerve to call these lands theirs. Hispanics are mestizos, Native Americans. Take a lesson in economics before you call undocumented workers free loaders. How do you state of federal programs are funded or keep the cost of good and clothing at a low cost. I don't see whites drug addicts selling flowers at off ramps because they are too busy asking for change and living off welfare. If you don't want to live amongst Blacks and Hispanics then you should have stayed in Europe and not invaded native lands or forced Africans into slavery.

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Christian M
Christian M7 months ago

America should stay free.

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers7 months ago

Thanks.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE7 months ago

Well if they are illegal, they should not be there. There are ways to become legal.

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Pat P
Pat P7 months ago

Are these sociopaths attempting to see how quickly they can ruin this country and plummet any decent ratings that remain?! Tyrant hell! I wouldn't trust any of these authoritarian idiots. They will deport whomever they want, legal or not. Seeking asylum, legally, (from a violent country the U.S. is responsible for) included.

Sessions is a racist little worm--another bully at heart.

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks!!!

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