AG Sessions Adds 35 Attorneys, 18 Judges to Process Immigrants

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"We are sending a message worldwide: Don't come illegally. We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney's Offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry".

Sessions called the US entry system for legal immigration is "generous".

The announcement comes after the so-called caravan of immigrants from Central America-which the Trump administration has been closely monitoring since it started March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border-arrived at the San Diego border with Mexico over the weekend and tried to gain entry at the San Ysidro official port of entry in San Diego.

He also announced that the Justice Department would be moving 18 immigration judges to the border, to function "full-time" on moving asylum cases, a 50-percent increase in the number of immigration judges to handle asylum claims. "Make your claim to enter America in the lawful way, and wait your turn".

He praised immigrants for contributing their "voices and perspectives to make up our uniquely American experience", but stressed that the foundation for the American dream, "which allows our democracy to flourish", is a "commitment to the rule of law". Throughout the caravan's 2,000-mile (3,220-km) odyssey from southern Mexico, the possibility that USA officials might reject her plea for asylum, and of being separated from the boys for not being their biological parent, had never seemed so real.

Sessions also ordered the Justice Department to file criminal charges against 11 people in the caravan who he said were arrested after they crossed the border unlawfully.

Sessions previously referred to the caravan as "a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".

The first eight members of a "caravan" of Central American migrants entered US territory to seek asylum on Monday, after a month-long journey through Mexico that drew the wrath of President Donald Trump.

"Honduras, thought they were just going to walk right through Mexico and right through the border", Trump said, CBS News reported.

Since then, Mr. Trump has signed a proclamation directing the U.S. National Guard to be deployed to provide military presence along the border in order to "secure" the southern border and halt the flow of drugs and people into the U.S.

"When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so too does our ability to protect our great nation, its borders and its citizens", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Ingraham also said that remittances - the money sent by migrant laborers from the USA back to their home countries - are "massive and growing".

"If the system doesn't have a better process behind us, people will still come", he warned. So, we're treating people fine.

This is a developing story.

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