The Department of Justice announced strict new guidelines at the United States’ southern border with Mexico Friday; unveiling its new ‘zero tolerance policy’ for all people caught trying to enter the country illegally.
According to Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailed the new guidelines as a solution to the “unacceptable situation” occurring in border states throughout the US.
“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the policy. “Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest — that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. ”
“As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border,” he said.
The Attorney General’s comments come as the Border Patrol Agency reported a 203% increase in arrests compared to the same time last year; apprehending over 50,000 people attempting to enter the US illegally.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Federal Judge SIDES WITH TRUMP on Border Wall Construction
President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico got one step closer to construction this week, with a federal judge ruling against environmental activists and the state of California who challenged the physical barrier; claiming the “wall” would severely harm the region’s ecosystem.
US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled in favor of the Trump administration; swiping down a case that claimed a “border wall” would seriously violate existing environmental protection laws.
The President hailed the court’s decision on social media Wednesday morning, writing “I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!”
I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra slammed the court’s ruling, accusing the Trump administration of committing “federal overreach.”
“A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century,” Becerra said.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Trump Tours BORDER WALL, Unloads on 'Sanctuary State' Officials
President Donald Trump touched-down in the ‘Sanctuary State’ of California Tuesday; touring his border wall and meeting with members of law enforcement as the region continues to spiral out of control after months of unprecedented homelessness and a spike in crime.
The President spoke with reporters while inspecting the varying prototypes of his proposed border wall with Mexico; saying California officials were secretly “begging” him to build the barrier.
WATCH: President Trump speaks near the U.S.-Mexico border as he inspects border wall prototypes
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 13, 2018
“The state of California is begging us to build walls in certain areas, they don’t tell you that. We said, ‘No, we won’t do it until we build the whole wall.’ There are certain areas where they’re really wanting us to build a wall,” Trump told the crowd. “People are complaining, because people are pouring in. They don’t talk about that.”
“You have to have see-through, you have to know what’s on the other side of the wall,” he said when asked if he preferred one specific prototype. “If you don’t know what’s on the other side of the wall, you could be two-feet away from a criminal cartel and you won’t even know they’re there.”