Citing the inability of Congress to create legislative solutions to out-of-control illegal border crossings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration is taking some action on its own:
“The Justice Department announced Friday that it is implementing a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for prosecuting those attempting to enter the U.S. illegally — the latest in a series of measures by the Trump administration to combat illegal immigration,” per Fox News Friday.
Ending the policy of catch-and-release as well as deploying the National Guard to temporarily serve on the US-Mexico border as part of a new Pentagon initiative are all part of the plan.
The DOJ’s press release on the “zero-tolerance” policy also calls upon border states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) to step up and do their part and “prosecute all Department of Homeland Security referrals of section 1325(a) violations, to the extent practicable.”
The state of Oregon did not receive any particular mention, perhaps much to the chagrin of its Democratic governor.