The Washington Times reports that the Justice Department is ending an Obama era “catch and release” program directing prosecutors to charge repeat offenders with felonies after a prior deportation from the United States. In November 2014, then US President Barack Obama, issued the Priority Enforcement Program executive order that prohibited the detainment or deportation of illegal aliens.
Regarding the new action, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, “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”. Attorney General Sessions also said the Department of Justice will hire 50 additional immigration judges this year.
The Washington Times report can be found here.