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Sessions Orders ‘Zero Tolerance’ at Border

by Countable | 4.12.18

What’s the story?

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a crowd of law enforcement officers working the border that the Justice Department would be ramping up its efforts to “achieve zero-tolerance, zero releases, and 100 percent prosecution.”


Why does it matter?

  • Sessions called the situation at the border a “crisis.”
“You have limited resources, you have manpower needs, bed space needs, equipment needs and you face a particularly violent threat every day. We have a crisis here. We know it, the president knows it and we’re determined to do something about it.”

What’s the plan to achieve zero tolerance?

Sessions outlined a four-part plan to “take criminals off the street” and restore the “rule of law”:

  1. Sending National Guard troops to the border, as the president ordered last week.
  2. Processing a backlog of cases in immigration courts. The Department of Justice is introducing quotas for immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations.
  3. Placing a “border security coordinator in each U.S. attorney’s office” tasked with restoring law to the immigration system in their state.
  4. Ending "catch and release,” the policy of releasing undocumented immigrants from detention while they await a court hearing on their status.

What do you think?

Do you support a “zero tolerance” policy? Do you think Sessions’ plan to achieve zero tolerance at the border is the way to do it? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


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  • Chickie
    04/12/2018
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    Zero Tolerance is another term for zero compassion, 100% ignorance! The number of people fleeing their homelands to come to United States are not criminals, murderers rapists and the like. They are men, women, and children seeking a better way of life. They are seeking to be safe. They are seeking the promise of what the US stood for. Instead, they are met with #45 and his administration’s racist rhetoric. They will not find a better life, they will be judged on their accents. They will not be safe, they will be immediately met with the National Guard at the point of a gun, arrested on the color of their skin. They will not find a promise, but will find an out of control fire of hate! Did you know, in immigration court toddlers are placed on trial? 4 yr olds asked if they understand why they are present at the court hearing? I really wish I was joking. Sadly, I’m not. Immigration court is a barbaric, too expensive for the immigrants to hire an attorney, an indecent way to treat human beings! Please Congress, do not let this be an embarrassing era in our history! An era where children of the future will learn on how poorly the US treated our fellow men, women, and children. For if it happens, you will find yourselves guilty for letting it happen.

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  • ThatPoliticChick
    04/12/2018
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    This is just compensation because our president can't find anyone to fund an arbitrary wall. We can't fund our education system or feed/house our displaced citizens, yet we can blow billions protecting the boarder from a politicized imaginary crisis?

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/13/2018
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    So the man who lied during his confirmation hearings is suddenly all law and order to act out racism, distract from the corruption of himself and the entire administration—not to mention #45–becoming increasingly evident, and pad prison-for-profit’s coffers all in one old man’s macho racist posturing. Gag. We who are not First Nations nor Mexican all immigrated here. The immigrants I know are patriotic, hard working, good people, especially from Mexico. We must be better than this.

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  • SirRobert
    04/12/2018
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    The United States is becoming more and more like Nazi Germany. Round them up and get rid of them! Put an immigration officer in State Attorney Generals offices! Are these coordinators like Hitters SS? This is going way too far! Impeach Trump and his band of Republican thugs!

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  • James
    04/12/2018
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    This a must do if we are to protect the sovereignty of Our Republic! Look at Europe? All those sinister creeps just roaming freely that landed on rafts and most are young single men! Attacking women! And guess what? They look not much different than people from below the border, Central America! Can any of you tell the difference? We must secure our borders and wholly vett/ investigate anyone that wants to immigrate here! We do not need low skilled and uneducated people here any longer! Our own public schools are creating them already!

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  • Gwendlyn
    04/13/2018
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    The number of unlawful entries at the U.S./Mexico border is down. This is a waste of money and manpower.

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  • Deirdre
    04/12/2018
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    How about demanding zero tolerance from trump and his goon squad.

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  • John
    04/13/2018
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    Has anyone read the Mexican Constitution? Specifically articles 32 and 33. They have no issues deporting anyone they deem undesirable to their country that is not a citizen yet they lecture us on our policies. We have every right to enforce our sovereign boarders and to turn around those that come here illegally. Come through the door legally if you would like to be here. Do it the right way.

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  • SneakyPete
    04/12/2018
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    “ZERO TOLERANCE AT BORDER” I’m in FULL SUPPORT of Sessions four-part plan to “take criminals off the street” and restore the “rule of law”: 1. Sending National Guard troops to the border, as the president ordered last week. 2. Processing a backlog of cases in immigration courts. The Department of Justice is introducing quotas for immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations. 3. Placing a “border security coordinator in each U.S. attorney’s office” tasked with restoring law to the immigration system in their state. 4. Ending "catch and release,” the policy of releasing undocumented immigrants from detention while they await a court hearing on their status. THE SOONER THE PLAN IS IMPLEMENTED THE BETTER IT WILL BE............. Rest assured that we will be seeing here, as well as across the MSM propaganda sources, strong condemnation of the plan as a attack on the illegals attempting to enter our country to receive the benefits and privileges afforded being an AMERICAN citizen. 4*12*18

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  • David
    04/12/2018
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    Sessions and Trump are creating a crisis where there isn’t one. Illegal crossings are at their lowest rate in years, but Sessions still screams “crisis”. Zero tolerance risks something far worse than what it looks like on the surface. Rational, humane behavior, treating the people attempting to cross as they would want to be treated if they were trying to escape the violence and poverty driving illegal immigration, would work better.

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  • BeStrong
    04/12/2018
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    This is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. I’m pretty damn sure that Border Patrol doesn’t need AG Sessions to tell them to do their jobs. It’s breath taking to witness the rev’ed up hatred and fear mongering amongst Trump supporters. AND, all this behind kissing may be for naught cuz #ItsMuellerTime.

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  • Rusty
    04/13/2018
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    Keep up the good work President Trump! You’re doing exactly what I hired you to do. Build the wall! Protect America keep the illegals on their side of the border. If they want to come to our greater County they can do it legally! While they’re at it, they need to learn how to speak English, support America by paying taxes, denounce their country and except America as their new homeland. They need to praise and give thanks to this great country that is going to change their lives forever for the better! They can start by praising the American flag. Leave your flag on the other side of the border! I got another idea, why don’t we knock the wall down entirely and take Mexico as ours. We will rename it America! Welcome to America, no need to move. BTW, you’re welcome!

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  • John
    04/12/2018
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    45 and Sessions are creating a problem to distract from their illegal dealings with Russia. Jail them. Neither one has contributed to the advancement of society.

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  • Gopin2018
    04/12/2018
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    Deport all of them, zero tolerance!

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  • Roger
    04/13/2018
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    Rule of law in action. No one should be allowed to enter the United States illegally and they definitely should not be rewarded by being allowed to stay after violating our country’s border and laws!

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  • Azrael
    04/12/2018
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    And while we’re wasting time and money at the border, no added coast guard, no added Tsa Water, air, tunnels If people want to get here they will not try to cross the border when it’s so much easier to sail into port

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  • Judith
    04/13/2018
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    IT IS TIME FOR ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ALL RACIST, NAZI, REPUBLICANS ! THROW ALL THEIR SNOWFLAKE NAME CALLING ASSES INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS AND DEPORT THEM TO RUSSIA ! GET THEM ALL OFF WELFARE AND WE CAN PAYOFF THE NATIONAL DEBT WE SAVE GETTING RID OF THE CORRUPTION AND CHAOS THEY CREATE ! PUTIN, THEIR GOOD FRIEND CAN FEED AND HOUSE THEIR LAZY GOOD FOR NOTHING ASSES !

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  • PieceKeepr
    04/14/2018
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    It's about time! I have no problem with legal immigration or in certain limited cases asylum. But I have a HUGE problem with anyone crossing the border without going through the proper procedures.

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  • Michael
    04/12/2018
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    There’s nothing companionate about letting people brake our laws. We need zero tolerance at the border like every other nation, and maybe we can slow down the opioids from coming across the border. It’s just typical of the left to be more concerned for the criminal, and care nothing at all about their victims. Liberal compassion is a joke!

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  • Esther
    04/12/2018
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    Jousting with windmills......

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