Immigration policy under the Trump administration is continually getting more and more difficult. A new policy has been created that will separate thousands of families. The Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department vow to prosecute every single person they suspect of entering the United States undocumented.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in San Diego at a news conference and said, “We need legality and integrity in our immigration system. That’s why the Department of Homeland Security is now referring 100 percent of illegal Southwest border crossings to the Department of Justice for prosecution.”
“If you cross this border unlawfully,” Sessions continues, “then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law.”
Separating children from their parents is one of the immigration enforcement tactics that is most argued by critics as inhumane treatment.
While historically, entering the United States as undocumented was a civil matter and the immigrant was subject to deportation, this change in policy means that every case will be treated as a criminal matter instead. This means that these immigrants could now face prison in all instances.
According to an anonymous official, “At muster they just said, ‘We are now prosecuting everyone, 100 percent.’ Then there were a few cheers and someone shouted, ‘Thank you, Trump.’ They followed up with family unit situations and said that if a unit was apprehended that the parent with the most criminal history would be prosecuted.’”
But what happens when a family has no criminal history? Then who is apprehended?
The national secretary of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, says the new policy, “is yet another solution in search of a problem…Illegal entries are at forty-year lows and net migration with Mexico remains at or below zero.”
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