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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is opening another 1,600 jail beds to house economic migrants who are now facing prosecution after being caught while crossing the border, according to Reuters.
The news service reported on the deal between Sessions and Thomas Homan, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency:
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Recently, Sessions said the Justice Department planned to prosecute every person who crosses the border illegally and to separate migrant children from their parents. Trump in the spring signed a memorandum ending “catch and release,” in which illegal immigrants were released from detention while awaiting court hearings.
According to ICE data, the average daily population of detainees in its facilities as of May 26 was 41,134, up from the 2017 daily average of 38,106.
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Roughly 1,000 migrants will be held in Victorville, California, and the other detainees will be distributed to centers Washington state, Oregon, Arizona, and Texas, Reuters reported.
The spike in detainees comes after Sessions’ established abandoned zero-tolerance policies which had helped curb...
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