Sessions says border crossers will face prosecution

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

A person stopped by the border patrol and referred to a federal court to face charges is taken to jail by the U.S. Marshals Service and any of their children traveling with them are placed in government custody, with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Sessions said.

Earlier Monday, Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to refer anyone who crosses into the USA through the Mexican border to his office to be prosecuted.

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"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", Sessions said, in typically severe remarks.

"We have always separated families under two situations, one when we can't establish them as a parent and that child is being trafficked", Homan said, adding that migrant smugglers sometimes pose as parents to children that are not theirs. "If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you, as required by law".

Thirty-five federal prosecutors and 18 immigration judges have been re-directed to the border to handle immigration cases. "But we can not take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation".

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According to CNN, the national security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, approved a new policy on Friday (to be unveiled on Monday) where anyone caught illegally crossing the border will be immediately processed.

The trip marked the fourth time a high-ranking Trump Administration official has visited the California-Mexico border region in recent months.

An official of the Department on condition of anonymity provided the information, ensuring that the "zero-tolerance policy" of the Administration will continue to stand even more accentuated.

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Sessions said last week that US attorneys and federal judges will be sent to the southern border to deal with immigration cases, while Nielsen warned that anyone who crosses the border illegally will be prosecuted.