A high-ranking U.S. Border Patrol official said the Biden administration could federally prosecute border crossers who were previously deported.
Migrant adults attempting to illegally cross the border after being deported might face criminal prosecution, according to CBS News. The new potential charges are aimed at discouraging migrants from attempting repeat crossings after they’re expelled from the U.S.
“Any single adult who is apprehended along the Southwest border who has previously been apprehended and deported under Title 8 will be referred to prosecution,” said Manuel Padilla, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s operations directorate, on Friday.
“What we want to discourage is irregular migration,” Padilla added at the Spanish news conference, according to a translation independently confirmed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: Drone Captures Footage Of 40 Illegal Immigrants Being Chased By Border Patrol Agents)
Border officials encountered nearly 190,000 migrants at the southern border in June, including around 117,000 single adults, according to Customs and Border Protection. The agency encountered a high of 121,000 single adult migrants in May.
The Biden administration previously concentrated its efforts on ending Trump-era policies, increasing access to asylum and processing unaccompanied migrant minors out of federal custody.
“We will always be a nation of borders, and we will enforce our immigration laws in a way that is fair and just,” the White House said in a statement July 27.
Increasing apprehensions and filling detention centers combined with the spread of COVID-19 variants led the Biden administration to implement measures that have previously been used to slow migration to the U.S., CBS News reported.
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