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AG Sessions orders federal prosecutors to give greater priority to criminal immigration violations

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 11, 2017

    Attorney General Sessions directs Assistant U.S. Attorneys to be more aggressive in prosecuting cases involving criminal immigration violations. In particular, they are to prioritize cases involving (i) smuggling or harboring, (ii) multiple improper entry misdemeanors (or a single improper entry conviction with aggravating circumstances), (iii) illegal reentry (especially noncitizens who are aggravated felons or gang members), (iv) identity theft, and (v) assaults on law enforcement. Sessions also orders AUSAs to prioritize the felony prosecution of noncitizens who engage in immigration marriage fraud, and he orders every District to designate a Border Security Coordinator responsible for implementing the memo and to work with CBP, ICE, and USCIS to implement these priorities.

    [ID #140]

    DOJ/AG Memorandum: Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement
  2. Effective Date

    April 11, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: DOJ


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