Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border

Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border

"So, if you cross the border unlawfully, even a first offense, we're going to prosecute you", Sessions told a gathering of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies.

The Department of Homeland Security reported nearly 51,000 people were arrested or turned away at the southwest border in April.

Families who are caught illegally entering the USA will likely be broken up under a new border security policy that is now in effect, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

DHS officials say they have seen a significant increase in illegal border crossings over the past year, including a rise in the number of families and unaccompanied children.

Sessions also said that families who illegally cross the border may be separated after their arrest, with children sent to juvenile shelters while their parents are sent to detention facilities.

It has long been a misdemeanor federal offense to be caught illegally entering the United States, punishable by up to six months in prison, but the administration has not always referred everyone caught for prosecution. Everything you need to know about the migrant caravanMore than 150 of them have turned themselves into American authorities to claim asylum.

The Trump administration has made taking an aggressive approach to illegal immigration a top priority.

A month ago, Sessions ordered a "zero tolerance" policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally on the Mexican border.

The New York Times reported last month that hundreds of children have been taken from their parents at the border since October.

A similar effort to prosecute all illegal entries in certain high-volume sectors of the border was put in place under the Bush administration, known as "Operation Streamline".

Criminal prosecutions at the border have soared over the past two decades, from fewer than 10,000 cases in 1996 to more than 90,000 at their peak in 2013 under former president Barack Obama, according to TRAC, a Syracuse University organization that tracks criminal immigration prosecutions.

"We're here to send a message to the world that we are not going to let the country be overwhelmed", Sessions said.

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