There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s not putting up with the crap on illegal immigration that Obama did. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a short speech on new policies that are being implemented, such as the actual enforcement of immigration laws! Who’da thunk it?
If you just want the nitty-gritty of what he said, here is the quote that sums it all up:
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned, this is a new era; this is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch-and-release policies of the past are over…
I took an oath to protect this country from all enemies foreign and domestic. On behalf of our people, Congress has set very generous rules for immigration. The people have pleaded, however, with Congress and with their leaders to enforce those good rules for many, many years. They have often gotten promises from their leaders – but no action. Now is the time for action; now is the time we will have results. How else can we look at [the] parents and loved ones of Kate Steinle – and so many others in the eye – and say we are doing everything possible to prevent such tragedies in the future?”
Here are some more highlights from his announcement today in Nogales, TX as noted by Frank Camp of The Daily Wire:
“Pursuant to the president’s executive order, we will now be detaining all adults who are apprehended at the border. They will not be released. To support this mission, we have already surged 25 immigration judges to detention centers on the border…we will put 50 more immigration judges on the bench this year, and 75 next year.
We can no longer afford to wait 18 to 24 months to get these judges on the bench. So today I’m implementing a new, streamlined hiring program. It requires just as much vetting as before of their skills and expertise, but reduces the hiring time. We must end the backlogs in our immigration courts.”
Illegal Immigration Is Serious
“It’s also here, along this border, that transnational gangs, like MS-13, and international cartels, flood our country with drugs, and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here the criminal aliens and coyotes and the document forgers seek to overthrow our lawful system of immigration.
So, let’s stop here for a moment. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison – and other human beings – across our borders.
Depravity and violence are there calling cards, including brutal machete attacks – even beheadings. They threaten the very integrity of our nations in our hemisphere. It is here on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand.”
“From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40% – which was an unprecedented drop. Then, last month we saw a 72% drop compared to the month before the president was inaugurated. That’s the lowest monthly figure in 17 years. We are so proud of your work.
…this is what happens when you have a president who understands the threat, who is not afraid to publicly identify the threat, and stand up to it, and who makes clear to law enforcement that the leadership of their country finally has their back.”
Getting More Serious
“The battle is far from over. We must follow up with the successes we’ve had so far, and here on the border we will do so…as we speak, I am issuing a document to all federal prosecutors that mandates the prioritization of immigration enforcement.
Starting today, federal prosecutors are now required to consider for prosecution all of the following offenses – often not prosecuted in the past:
The transportation and harboring of aliens…we are going to shut down and jail all who have been profiting from this lawlessness. Smuggling gang members across the border, helping convicted criminals re-enter the country, and praying on those who don’t know how dangerous and costly this journey can be.
Further, where an alien has unlawfully entered the country, which is a misdemeanor, that alien will now be charged with a felony if they unlawfully enter or attempt to enter a second time – and certain aggravating circumstances are present.
Also, aliens that illegally re-enter the country after prior removal will be referred for felony prosecutions, and priority will be given to such offenses – especially where indicators of gang or cartel affiliation, or risk to public safety, drug smuggling, or criminal history are present.
Fourth, where possible, prosecutors are directed to charge criminal aliens with document fraud and aggravated identity theft – the latter carrying a two year minimum mandatory penalty.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have directed that all 94 United States attorney’s offices make the prosecution of assaults on federal officers a priority – assaults on you as you go about doing your duties. If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it. You are very often away from backup, out in dangerous areas, and the smugglers and the drug dealers need to know that we will not tolerate any attacks on our federal officers.
“To ensure that these priorities are implemented, starting today, each United States attorney’s office, weather border or interior, will designate an assistant United States Attorney as the border coordinator in that district. It will be this experienced prosecutor’s job to coordinate the criminal investigation and enforcement response for their specific office.”
Illegal Immigration Laws Being Enforced
“We will deploy a multifaceted approach. We are going to interdict your drugs on the way into this country, your money on the way out, and investigate and prosecute your trafficking networks to the fullest extent of the law. Why are we doing this? Because it’s what the duly enacted laws of the united states require.”