Sessions said a total of 35 assistant US attorneys would be added in the five districts along the southern border to allow for more cases to be brought against illegal crossings and human smuggling, and 18 immigration judges would be tapped to hear cases in person and through video conferencing at border state immigration courts.
The moves follow a continued pledge by Sessions to take a hard line on illegal immigration and to try to move cases through the immigration courts more quickly, with the lengthy backlog in those courts blamed for allowing a number of undocumented immigrants to live for years in the US as they await final decisions on their fates.
"We are sending a message worldwide, don't come illegally," Sessions said Wednesday. "We are not going to let this country be overwhelmed -- people are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border. ... People should wait their turn, ask to apply lawfully before they enter our country."
The US attorneys are being deployed to the Southern and Western districts of Texas, Southern District of California, and the districts of Arizona and New Mexico.iPhone transfer software
The immigration judges are also being deployed to Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas immigration courts.
The move comes after the Justice Department redistributed more than 100 immigration judges to hear cases including at the border last year. The Justice Department has said its statistical analysis showed those judges were able to hear thousands more cases than they would have otherwise.