Attorney general vows to break up immigrant families crossing border illegally

"This isn't business as usual," Sessions said, adding, "This is the Trump era."

“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Sessions said at a law enforcement gathering in Arizona. “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”

“This is not business as usual. This is the Trump era,” he added.

But, he said, “right now we are dealing with a massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest Border … and the Department of Justice will take up as many of those cases as humanly possible until we get to 100 percent.”

Sessions said he has a “simple” message for those contemplating trying to sneak into the United States: “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. ... If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border. If you make false statements to an immigration officer or commit fraud in our system to obtain an immigration benefit, that’s a felony. We will put you in jail.”

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