Attorney General Sessions: ‘If You Cross the Southwest Border Unlawfully, Then We Will Prosecute You’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 11, 2018 | 4:32pm EDT
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a conference of the nation’s federal immigration court judges that he has instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for people who illegally cross the Southwest border and that all illegal crossers should be prosecuted.

“I have put in place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border,” Sessions told the judges. “If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple.

“If someone is smuggling illegal aliens across our Southwest border, then we will prosecute them,” Sessions said.

“Period,” he said.

Here is the transcript from the part of Sessions remarks where he explained his “zero tolerance” policy:

I have put in place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple.

“If someone is smuggling illegal aliens across our Southwest border, then we will prosecute them. Period.

“I have sent 35 prosecutors to the Southwest and moved 18 immigration judges to detention centers near the border. That is about a 50 percent increase in the number of immigration judges who will be handling cases at the border.

“All of us should agree that, by definition, we ought to have zero illegal immigration in this country.

“Each of us is a part of the Executive Branch, and it is our duty to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’

“Ours is a public trust. A responsibility.

“And the United States of America is not a vague idea. It is not just a landmass or an economy. Ours is a sovereign nation state with a constitution, laws, elections, and borders.”

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