Category Archives: Jeff Sessions

August 2, 2017

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.

The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.

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July 13, 2017

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion (Video)

Sessions said in his remarks that nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs.

U.S. prosecutors announced Thursday that they have charged more than 400 people with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”

Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics.

“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” Sessions said in prepared remarks.

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April 30, 2017

Sessions Promises DOJ Crackdown On White Collar Crime

“Companies should succeed because they provide superior products and services, not because they have paid off the right people.”

Jeff Sessions told a room full of attorneys in Washington, DC Monday that just because he and the Department of Justice have promised to crack down on illegal immigration, that doesn’t mean they won’t also prioritize cleaning up white collar crime.

“Focusing on these challenges does not mean we will reduce our efforts in other areas,” the Attorney General told attendees at the Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s annual conference.

“We also have a responsibility to protect American consumers,” he continued. “These laws are in place for a reason. When they are broken, it has real consequences in peoples’ lives.”

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April 12, 2017

Sessions Declares End to Border Lawlessness: ‘This is the Trump Era’

Attorney general unveils new measures to enhance border security, immigration enforcement.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proclaimed an end to the “lawlessness” of illegal immigration, “the abdication of duty to enforce our laws,” and “the catch-and-release policies of the past” as he unveiled new immigration policies during a speech Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking in Nogales, Arizona, Sessions reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s commitment to securing the border, enforcing immigration laws, and cracking down on illegal immigration. As he revealed the elements of the Justice Department’s new strategy, the attorney general offered a stern message to current and potential illegal immigrants: “The illegality is over.”

“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,” Sessions said. “The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch-and-release policies of the past are over.”

“This is what happens when you have a president who understands the threat, who is not afraid to publicly identify the threat and to stand up to it, and who makes clear to law enforcement that the leadership of our country finally has their back and tells the whole world that the illegality is over,” Sessions added.

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November 24, 2016

Regnery: Attorney General Jeff Sessions — Liberals’ Worst Nightmare

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ strong stands on immigration, and law and order, are not the only reasons liberals want to kill his nomination for Attorney General. It is also because he knows what the Obama Administration has done to the Justice Department and he knows how to bring it back where it belongs—the center of equal justice under the rule of law.

Few people know better than Sessions how to purge the Department of leftist ideology, and how to cut off the large sums of money flowing to leftist non-profiits. For leftists, ideology and money make up a potent combination, and they will do anything to try to preserve it.

The Justice Department became the headquarters of Obama’s campaign to transform America. The building on Constitution Avenue, complete with a blinded statue of lady justice at its front door and “Equal Justice under Law” inscribed on its façade, became the public-interest-law-firm, think tank, and money spigot for the ideological left.

The Justice Department is arguably the most powerful domestic branch of the federal government. Its arms reach into every facet of American life (and not a few places off shore as well), into every courtroom, into every state capitol, every police department, every business, every voting booth, even every Indian reservation, and much more. With some 100,000 employees and a budget of $27 billion, its power, particularly to those on its wrong side, is limitless.

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November 19, 2016

Jeff Sessions Selected as Attorney General

First senator to stand by Trump’s side is picked as president-elect’s top law enforcement official.

President-Elect Donald Trump has offered the role of attorney general to Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who has reportedly accepted the position.

Sessions was Trump’s first and most prominent supporter in the U.S. Senate; he endorsed the candidate back in February. He was one of the first Republicans to fully realize the power of Donald Trump’s populist-nationalist message.

“The elites have become international, and they’ve ceased to have a primary loyalty to the nation-state,” Sessions said in April. “Republicans and Democrats do their fundraising cycles, and they go to Manhattan and they have their cocktails. They hear the whining of some billionaire and ask him for money, and they read The Wall Street Journal, bless its heart — great organization that it is, it’s not perfect. The American people are not Darwinian. We’re not Randian, in a total, brutal survival of the fittest,” Sessions said.

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October 20, 2016

242,772 Aliens With Final Removal Orders From Recalcitrant and Non-Cooperative Countries Remain In The United States

These refusals undermine American immigration law, cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and place American citizens at risk of criminal violence and fraud.

Background From The Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest: There are nearly one million aliens in the United States who have final orders of removal—nearly a quarter of whom are from countries that refuse to accept, or that delay the acceptance of, their nationals after they have been ordered removed from the United States. And they are being released into our communities every day.

According to data provided to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as of June 25, 2016, there were 953,806 aliens in the United States with outstanding orders of removal, 182,761 of whom were convicted of crimes in the United States. Of the 953,806 aliens who have final orders of removal, 242,772 come from countries that refuse to take back their nationals after they receive final removal orders, with 123,098 coming from the 23 countries that ICE deems to be “recalcitrant,” and 119,674 from the 62 countries that ICE deems to be otherwise uncooperative. Of the 242,772, 57,029 were convicted of criminal offenses, or roughly 30 percent of the criminal aliens with removal orders in the United States—including 28,733 from Cuba, 7,705 from Vietnam, 2,140 from Haiti, and 1,848 from China.

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September 19, 2016

Jeff Sessions: Hillary Clinton Responsible for Victimization of Innocent Americans

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions issued a blistering rebuke of Hillary Clinton for abandoning her duties as Secretary of State and for “failing” to uphold U.S. immigration law during her tenure at the State Department.

Sessions said that Clinton’s failure to follow the law has resulted in the preventable suffering of thousands of innocent Americans who have been victims of illegal alien crime, and he demanded that Clinton explain herself to the American people.

Sessions explained that as Secretary of State, Clinton had the power — and the obligation — to pressure foreign nations to repatriate their citizens who were unlawfully present in the United States. However, Secretary Clinton ignored federal law which required her to take action against against uncooperative nations. Instead, she allowed thousands of dangerous foreign nationals, who were not repatriated by their home countries, to be released into American communities.

Foreign nations refusing to repatriate their citizens was a “serious problem [that] was well known to Hillary Clinton the entire time she was Secretary of State,” Sessions wrote in a statement released Saturday. “Yet she failed to stop this practice when she had the duty and responsibility do so as Secretary of State, failing to follow clear legal requirements passed by Congress.”

“Hillary Clinton must explain to the American people, and especially to the victims of these criminal aliens who were not deported, why she did not act to prevent these tragic events,” Sessions declared.

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August 22, 2016

Sessions: Radical Circuit Court Decision Endangers Americans, Benefits Criminal Aliens

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking the Department of Justice to take action to address a recent radical decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which limits the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to detain the most dangerous criminal aliens. Sen. Sessions made the following statement regarding the Ninth Circuit’s decision:

“The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Preap v. Johnson will endanger thousands of innocent American lives, especially those who live in sanctuary jurisdictions. Congress provided the Department of Homeland Security with the authority to detain the most dangerous criminal aliens without a bond for good reason: it ensures the protection of the public, and increases the likelihood of a prompt deportation. However, the Ninth Circuit has all but guaranteed that more dangerous criminal aliens in the 9 states and several territories covered by its jurisdiction will be able to obtain a bond, be released from custody, and reoffend. Moreover, in sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to hand over criminal aliens to DHS at all, much less immediately, the Ninth Circuit has guaranteed that dangerous criminal aliens will be able to roam free.

This decision is just one more example of liberal courts abandoning the laws written by Congress to promote a radical, political agenda that the American people reject. It also clearly shows the importance of appointing judges who will not rewrite duly enacted laws through judicial activism. It is incumbent upon the Department of Justice to ensure that this decision will not be allowed to stand.”

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August 5, 2016

Sessions: President Obama’s Unprecedented Commutations of Violent Drug, Gun Felons Will Inflict Long-Term Harm on the Nation

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement today after President Obama announced 214 commutations as part of the administration’s larger effort to undermine long-standing criminal and sentencing laws:

“President Obama continues to abuse executive power in an unprecedented, reckless manner to systematically release high-level drug traffickers and firearms felons. These 214 individuals are not so-called ‘low-level, non-violent’ offenders – which simply do not exist in the federal system. They are serious criminals, including 56 with federal firearms convictions, several career offenders, fugitives, many who violated conditions of their release, and at least one who engaged in witness intimidation.

The President is playing a dangerous game to advance his political ideology. Violent crime has been rising across the country since 2014. And now, according to new data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, thousands of the most violent, federal career criminals are applying for early release in droves because of two recent decisions by the Supreme Court invalidating long-standing criminal laws intended to keep armed felons off of our streets. In a report released last month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that career offenders account for more than 11 percent of the federal prison population, and are ‘increasingly receiving sentences below the guideline range, often at the request of the government.’ The report also notes that career criminals re-offend at alarmingly high rates, with 66.2 percent of those released between 2004 and 2006 re-arrested for a new crime or violation of conditions of release – many for violent crimes.

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