Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has enacted its previously announced “zero-tolerance” policy for individuals who cross the southern border illegally, warning that children who are apprehended may be separated from their family.
“If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” Sessions said during a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego.
“If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you,” he continued. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”
Sessions announced the crackdown in a memo last month making prosecuting immigration violations a DOJ priority.