US to prosecute aliens who return to US after deportation
In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions is heralding “a new era,” the Justice Department is prioritizing criminal prosecution of illegal immigrants and smugglers to support the Trump’ administration’s immigration enforcement plan — directing prosecutors to bring felony charges against those caught in the U.S. after a prior deportation.This is the best way to create an effective deterrent to keep recidivous from returning to the US. It is one reason Obama's policy led to increased illegal immigration.
The new enforcement priorities will end the “catch and release practices” of the Obama administration and expand the department’s role in the Trump administration’s plan to crack down on illegal immigration, Mr. Sessions said Tuesday during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
The guidance issued by Mr. Sessions orders federal prosecutors to prioritize criminal charges against illegal immigrants with a history of prior removals or other criminal convictions as well as charges against those who aid in the smuggling of illegal immigrants into the United States. As part of the broader plan to reduce back logs in the immigration courts and to speed up the deportation process, the attorney general said the DOJ will hire 50 more immigration judges this year, and 75 next year.