On April 11, 2017, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors announcing a renewed commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. The memo outlines immigration offenses that should be given priority, including the transportation or harboring of undocumented immigrants, illegal re-entry, and aggravated identity theft. The memo also directs each District, even U.S. Attorney offices not near a border, to designate a Border Security Coordinator by April 18, 2017. The memo demonstrates the commitment by the Trump Administration to devote more time and resources to prosecuting immigration offenses. AG Sessions announced the memo to U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. Sessions also announced he will add 50 more immigration judges to the bench this year and 75 next year. The hiring of judges will be streamlined, in an effort to reduce the backlogs currently seen in immigration courts.
DOJ Renews Commitment to Immigration Enforcement
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