US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in San Diego

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security will refer anyone caught entering the US illegally from Mexico to the Justice Department for prosecution.

Those who enter the USA illegally will not be detained and returned over the border; anyone who crosses into the country illegally can expect to be held for prosecution, the LA Times reported.

Sessions' call for tougher immigration enforcement came a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the US border in Tijuana following a roughly month-long trek through Mexico.

Thirty-five federal prosecutors and 18 immigration judges have been re-directed to the border to handle immigration cases.

"When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so too does our ability to protect our great nation, its borders and its citizens", Sessions said in a statement. Sessions said Americans for decades have been "pleading" for tighter immigration enforcement.

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President Donald Trump described the caravan as proof that more must be done to secure the border with Mexico, including building a wall, while Sessions called it "a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system". "But we can not take everyone on Earth who is in a hard situation".

Sessions' visit marks the third high-profile Trump administration visit to the border region in the last two months.

According to the report, families that are detained for illegal crossings have typically been kept together in the past. "We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney's offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry".

The conference comes a week after a caravan of a few hundred migrants from Central America arrived at the United States border in Tijuana, and it's likely to be a topic of discussion.

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