Attorney General Jeff Sessions put the migrant caravan on notice Monday.
“If you help others do so, that’s a felony,” he said during a speech in California. “You’re going to the jail.”
“Today, we’re here to send a message to the world that we’re not going to let the country be overwhelmed,” Sessions said in San Diego.
“People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border. We need legality and integrity in our immigration system,” he continued. “That’s why the Department of Homeland Security is now referring 100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings to the Department of Justice for prosecution, and the Department of Justice will take up these cases.”
Sessions said the U.S. will put in place a “zero tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border.”
“If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple.”
“If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you,” the attorney general flatly stated. “If you are smuggling a child, we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you, as required by law. If you make false statements to an immigration officer or file a fraudulent asylum claim, that is a felony. If you help others do so, that’s a felony also. You’re going to the jail.”