The Department of Justice is sending 18 more judges and 35 additional prosecutors to the border in order to stop “Catch and Release” of illegal aliens. There is a 20 day limit for processing asylum claims and by having people on the spot, they can finish the process in 20 days and send them home. Often, illegals who are released go into hiding in order to remain in the country. AG Jeff Sessions is sending a strong message to those who would use a caravan to invade the country and to all illegal aliens. If you come here, do it legally or we will send your butt home. Pronto.
“People are not going to “caravan” or otherwise stampede our border. We need legality and integrity in the system. People should wait their turn, ask to apply lawfully before they enter our country. So we’re sending a message worldwide: Don’t come illegally. Make your claim to enter America in the lawful way and wait your turn.”
Asked by a reporter if there was a “place for a humanitarian concern,” Sessions responded: “We treat people extremely well, particularly children … We have a generous legal immigration system. We admit 1.1 million people lawfully every year.”
The remainder of the caravan travelers will be tried on the spot. In order to qualify for asylum, you must be persecuted for your religious or political beliefs but the caravan people are asking for asylum because the crime rate is so high. But I imagine the crime rate dropped since they left Honduras. And it will rise again when they get home.
The 18 new immigration judges, whom are being reassigned from supervisory roles at the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), will provide a 50 percent increase in the department’s ability to process asylum claims, Sessions said. The move comes in addition to the reassignment of about 100 regular immigration judges to temporary “details” on the border to handle new apprehensions last year.
“The Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made significant reforms and progress in tackling the overwhelming backlog in the immigration court system,” EOIR Director James McHenry, the top official overseeing immigration judges, said in a statement. “We must not let attempts to undermine our lawful immigration system deter that progress, and the men and women at EOIR are proud to play a small role in the Attorney General’s response to the crisis at our Southwest border.”