Sessions visited the Mexican border near Border Field State Park to outline the tough new policy on illegal immigration.
"If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you", the attorney general flatly stated. The Wall Street Journal, citing the Department of Health and Human Services, reported earlier Monday that 700 children had been separated from their families since October of previous year.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit the U.S. Mexico-border in San Diego on Monday to discuss the immigration enforcement efforts of the Trump Administration.
In one recent example of how the policy works, a woman who is suspected by the Justice Department of being part of the migrant caravan that was caught in a group north of the border was charged with illegal entry to the U.S. and separated from the four young children who were with her. He denied that that Trump administration has a "blanket policy" to separate families as a way to deter others from trying.
Sessions says he has sent 35 prosecutors to the region to work on these cases.
As Jennifer Quigley, an advocacy strategist at Human Rights First, explained to Newsweek last week, mothers with children seeking asylum previously would have been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention after their "credible fear" interviews.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures as he speaks at the California Peace Officers' Association 26th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day on March 7, 2018, in Sacramento. Sessions has echoed the president's comments, calling the caravan a "deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".
Sessions' visit to Southern California comes about a week after hundreds of Central American migrants traveled to the USA border seeking asylum following a monthlong caravan through Mexico.
He pledged to send more immigration judges to the border to resolve cases if needed.