HOUSTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has selected the
Southern District of Texas (SDTX) to receive additional personnel for the fight
against illegal immigration, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A total of 35 new Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) positions
have been allocated to the five U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest
border, eight of which were dedicated to the SDTX.
The additional prosecutors will be utilized to handle the
prosecutions of improper entry, illegal reentry and alien smuggling cases.
“The SDTX regularly prosecutes multiple thousands of illegal
entry, illegal reentry and smuggling cases per year,” said Patrick. “These new
attorneys will go towards increased enforcement of the administration’s zero
tolerance policy towards those who illegally enter the county and other
immigration matters. Our offices in Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville and Corpus
Christi are the front line in this effort.”
“The American people made very clear their desire to secure
our borders and prioritize the public safety and national security of our
homeland,” said Sessions. “Promoting and enforcing the rule of law is essential
to our republic. By deploying these additional resources to the Southwest
border, the Justice Department and the Trump Administration take yet another
step in protecting our nation, its borders and its citizens. It must be clear
that there is no right to demand entry without justification.”
Due to a recent increase in the number of apprehensions at
the Southwest border, the new AUSA positions will assist in the prosecutions of
illegal reentry (8 U.S.C. § 1326), alien smuggling (8 U.S.C. § 1324) and
improper entry (8 U.S.C. § 1325) pursuant to the Justice Department’s
“Zero-Tolerance Policy” Sessions announced April 6, 2018, and its prior April
11, 2017, directive to prioritize charging immigration offenses.
A decision on how the new SDTX positions will be
specifically allocated throughout the district has yet to be determined.