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US orders tougher legal punishment for border crossers

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered prosecutors and judges to take a tougher line on undocumented immigrants on Tuesday, saying more severe punishment could deter illegal border crossers. Speaking in Nogales, Arizona, Sessions said anyone who crosses the US-Mexico border without legal immigration documents would now be detained and presented to a judge. In the past, most were just delivered back over the border. He also ordered prosecutors to jail people who transport and harbor illegal immigrants; to…