Sessions Directs U.S. Attorneys to Focus on Immigration

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors across the U.S. to make immigration cases a higher priority and look for opportunities to bring serious felony charges against those who cross the border illegally, reports the Washington Post. It is the latest in a string of controversial maneuvers to crack down on illegal entry into the U.S. and expand the Justice Department’s role in immigration enforcement. Sessions told each U.S. Attorney to appoint a border security coordinator to oversee immigration prosecutions. He told prosecutors to consider whether they could bring felony charges against those who had entered the U.S. illegally multiple times and to evaluate whether they could charge illegal immigrants with aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence. He said law enforcement would no longer catch and release undocumented immigrants taken into custody at the border.

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