“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over,” Mr. Sessions said in prepared remarks.
Illegal entry into the United States can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. But the DOJ’s new guidelines indicate that prosecutors will seek felony charges in cases in which a person has a documented history of illegal entry into the U.S. For example, felony charges will be sought against someone who has two or more misdemeanor illegal entry convictions or at least one illegal entry conviction and another aggravating factor such as a felony criminal history, gang affiliation, or prior removals from the U.S.
Finally, it appears that someone is willing to enforce our existing laws. ICE reports that they rounded up 339 illegal aliens in one day this week - and it's only Tuesday. No wonder the illegals are running scared. Now, go after the American scofflaws who hire the illegal scofflaws! Let's not go with half-measures.
A few years back, I was visiting my parents in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, and they took me one evening to a nice little restaurant with a large deck overlooking the establishment's boat dock and the water. We were having an enjoyable dinner out there when a family of Dominican "immigrants" took a table near the edge of the deck. They ordered some bottles of beer, and everything was peaceful until one of those guys jumped up and broke a bottle over the head of the guy sitting across from him. Yes, there was a lot of blood. The offender and, apparently, his mother, decided to leave.
Since nobody else was doing anything, I stood and blocked their exit. Mama said "We don't want no trouble." I pointed out that they should have thought about that two or three minutes earlier, and told them both to go back to their table and sit. The tough guy pointed over to the guy who was bleeding and hollered that he'd do the same to me. I looked him in the eye and said, "I don't think so, sonny. There's a railing behind you, but I can't guarantee that you'll miss the boat dock. What I can guarantee is that if you try anything, you're going down. Now get over there and sit." They did.
I returned to our table and sat, but kept an eye on the pair. Mom was appalled. Dad was having a great time. Everyone else was in shock. During all of this, restaurant staff had called the Lee County Sheriff's office, and before long, the place was crawling with deputies. A couple of them frog-marched the offender out in cuffs, while others started interviewing witnesses. Sure enough, fingers started pointing at me.
"So, I understand you stopped them from leaving," the deputy said, as the ambulance pulled up to retrieve the victim. We had to go through the whole story, much to Mom's dismay and Dad's amusement. "He threatened you?" "Yes." "Well what did you do?" After I filled in the details, the deputy shook his head and asked where I lived and what I did for a living. Megaherbivore management threw him, so I explained that involved working with elephants, rhinos, etc., and I did consulting.
"Damn! I guess dealing with a little guy like that don't bother you much, eh?" "No, mostly an irritant". Made him laugh.