Category Archives: Jeff Sessions

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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July 28, 2016

Obama Administration Plans To Expand Already Unlawful Immigration Program

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s unprecedented creation of an extra-legal chain migration system:

“The Obama Administration announced plans yesterday to expand an already unlawful program by setting up an extra-legal chain migration system for certain immigrants in the U.S. – including illegal aliens. The Immigration and Nationality Act sets forth very specific requirements and procedures through which family members may immigrate to this country, and many thousands abide by those laws and wait in line every year to do so. Now, with the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration intends to circumvent statutory law at the behest of the open-borders lobbyists and extremists within the Democratic Party. This will only encourage more lawlessness, exacerbate the current situation at our border, and erode public confidence in the integrity of our immigration system. So, too, will irresponsible calls for universal amnesty undermine the system’s proper operation.

What is needed now, more than ever, is strong, decisive leadership and a commitment to the execution of the laws on the books to convey the clear message to the world that if you come to the U.S. illegally, you will be removed.”

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July 6, 2016

Powerful support for Trump’s Muslim ban

Phyllis Schlafly: ‘Overwhelming majority of convicted terrorists came as immigrants, refugees’

When an ISIS-supporting Muslim named Omar Mateen massacred 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando on June 12, Donald Trump reminded Americans that he is still the only political candidate to support a pause in the massive flow of Muslims entering the United States. Trump made his proposal last December after another ISIS-supporting Muslim massacred 14 people at an office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.

Trump said his Muslim ban would be temporary.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses,” he said, “our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad.”

Trump’s reasonable, commonsense proposal was immediately condemned or disavowed by other presidential candidates in both parties. Even Sen. Ted Cruz said he disagreed with it, though he didn’t say why.

Now that Cruz has returned to his “day job” as U.S. senator from Texas, he recently co-authored a new report with Sen. Jeff Sessions that provides powerful support for Trump’s position. The report issued June 22 shows that the overwhelming majority of convicted terrorists came into our country as immigrants or refugees from Muslim countries.

Cruz and Sessions were able to determine the birthplace of 451 of the 580 individuals who were convicted of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Some 380 of the 451, or 84 percent, of these terrorists, were foreign born – and most of them came from Muslim-majority countries such Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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June 25, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions On Brexit: ‘Now It’s America’s Turn’

The British people, our special friends and allies, deserve our full support following their sovereign and considered decision to leave the European Union.

The people spoke from their hearts and with conviction. They considered deep and critical issues never discussed by the international elites. Their strong vote arose not out of fear and pique but out of love for country and pride of place. Their experience with a distant government in Brussels was given a long and fair chance to succeed. In the end, however, they concluded that the costs outweighed the benefits. Often, Britain makes changes that precede U. S. action. The Thatcher movement preceded the Reagan revolution. Both were victories for the people over outdated and corrupt forces. Both were achieved against powerful and determined establishment forces. Both resulted in historic and positive periods in their nation’s history.

Now it’s our time. The period of the nation state has not ended. No far off global government or union can command the loyalty of a people like their own country. Vague unions have no ability to call on the people to sacrifice for the common good. They seem incapable of making decisions and when they do, they have difficulty executing the decision.

Far better to celebrate the wonder and proven worth of good nation states and to work hard to use that foundation to build harmonious political and trading relations among the nations. This is the best basis for peace and prosperity.

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