AG Jeff Sessions Visits U.S. Southern Border: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era.”..

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks with Homeland Security Secretary Kelly today at the South-Western U.S. border.   AG Sessions outlined a thunderous change in DOJ policy that begins effective immediately.

… […] “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 the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch and release practices of old are over.”…

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Here’s the full transcript of Attorney General Sessions remarks to include explanations of the new DOJ policies and judicial procedures.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS – “Good morning, everyone. Let me start by thanking the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection, who not only served as our gracious hosts today, but who put themselves in harm’s way each day to secure our borders and protect us.

Here, along our nation’s southwest border, is ground zero in this fight. Here, under the Arizona sun, ranchers work the land to make an honest living, and law-abiding citizens seek to provide for their families.

But it is 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 that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.

Let’s stop here for a minute. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.

It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.

In this fight, I am here to tell you, the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection: we hear you and we have your back. Under the President’s leadership and through his Executive Orders, we will secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and federal criminal enforcement to combat this attack on our national security and sovereignty.

The President has made this a priority — and already we are seeing the results. From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40 percent, which was unprecedented. Then, last month, we saw a 72 percent drop compared to the month before the President was inaugurated. That’s the lowest monthly figure for at least 17 years.

This is no accident. This is what happens when you have a President who understands the threat, who is not afraid to publically 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. Together, we will drastically reduce the danger posed by criminal aliens, gang members and cartel henchmen.

To that end, the President and I want to do our best to arm you, and the prosecutors who partner with you, with more tools in your fight against criminal aliens. So today, I am pleased to stand here with you and announce new guidance regarding our commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. As we speak, I am issuing a document to all federal prosecutors that mandates the prioritization of such enforcement.

Starting today, federal prosecutors are now required to consider for prosecution all of the following offenses:

  • The transportation or harboring of aliens. As you know too well, this is a booming business down here. No more. We are going to shut down and jail those who have been profiting off this lawlessness — people smuggling gang members across the border, helping convicted criminals re-enter this country and preying on those who don’t know how dangerous the 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 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 prosecution — and a priority will be given to such offenses, especially where indicators of gang affiliation, a risk to public safety 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 mandatory minimum sentence.
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly: I have directed that all 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices make the prosecution of assault on a federal law enforcement officer — that’s all of you — a top priority. If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it.

To ensure that these priorities are implemented, starting today, each U.S. Attorney’s Office, whether on the border or interior, will designate an Assistant United States Attorney as the Border Security Coordinator for their District. It will be this experienced prosecutor’s job to coordinate the criminal immigration enforcement response for their respective offices.

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 the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch and release practices of old are over.

In that vein, I am also pleased to announce a series of reforms regarding immigration judges to reduce the significant backlogs in our immigration courts.

Pursuant to the President’s executive order, we will now be detaining all adults who are apprehended at the border. To support this mission, we have already surged 25 immigration judges to detention centers along the border. I want to thank personally the judges who answered the call to help us with this new initiative.

In addition, 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 new judges on the bench. So today, I have implemented a new, streamlined hiring plan. It requires just as much vetting as before, but reduces the timeline, reflecting the dire need to reduce the backlogs in our immigration courts.

With the President’s Executive Orders on Border Security, Transnational Criminal Organizations and Public Safety as our guideposts, we will execute a strategy that once again secures the border; apprehends and prosecutes those criminal aliens that threaten our public safety; takes the fight to gangs like MS-13 and Los Zetas; and makes dismantlement and destruction of the cartels a top priority. We will deploy a multifaceted approach in these efforts: we are going to interdict your drugs on the way in, 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 is what the duly enacted laws of the United States require. I took an oath to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. How else can we look the parents and loved ones of Kate Steinle, Grant Ronnebeck and so many others in eye and say we are doing everything possible to prevent such tragedies from ever occurring again?

Let me finish where I started, by thanking you — the brave men and women in uniform who are at the front lines of this fight. I know we ask a tremendous amount from all of you, but know this: we have your back, and will do all we can to empower you and support you in your work.

God bless you and thank you.

[Link to Transcript Source – DOJ]

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200 Responses to AG Jeff Sessions Visits U.S. Southern Border: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era.”..

  1. Pam says:

    The event I just posed is now underway.

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  2. Pam says:

    oops. Let me try again. Sorry!

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  3. Jesse W says:

    I couldn’t be more excited about this about face. For the last 14 years, I’ve caught bad guys smuggling narcotics, money and people get off with a slap on the hand. These people are poisoning our frinds and families!!

    The men I work with have been reinvigorated to catch these slime balls. Now they can go to prison where they belong.

    Liked by 21 people

  4. parteagirl says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions! As a Texan, the border has been my number one issue for decades! GWB never did much about it, Perry never did much about it, and Cruz was handling out goodies down there in summer 2014. I stopped taking mission trips down there with my church because I came home so fuming mad at what I saw down there! Maybe now I can back someday.

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      There is a report that under GWB and Obama for a 10-year span, 10 millions illegals entered the country. Wonder why Americans were losing jobs left and right?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Big Jake says:

      Try living down here. It’s a corrupt Mexican SH–HOLE run by one party. What they’ve allowed to happen to The (once) Magic Valley is a crime.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bendix says:

      Speaking of missions, all the erstwhile do-gooders who are whining about the enforcement of our existing laws are free to quit their jobs and go work in Mexico to “help” the grown men they claim to be so concerned about.
      I tell them this.

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  5. georgiafl says:

    You go, General Beauregard!

    Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Attorney General, that is.

    We have a fierce warrior for law and order at the helm of our Justice department!

    Liked by 13 people

  6. johnhd1 says:

    I’m been waiting my entire adult life for a President and Attorney General to enforce our immigration laws. Can’t tell you how happy I am to hear Sessions speach today.

    Liked by 11 people

  7. Sedanka says:

    I hope Obama is absolutely raging at this news, wherever he’s hiding.

    Liked by 9 people

  8. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Where is Ann Coulter? She has been whining about Trump on immigration. I bet you hear crickets from her on this now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sedanka says:

      She’s traveling from book store to book store, buying up all the $1 closeouts of her last publication.

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    • Kroesus says:

      as she said on Tucker last night….we STILL wait for a reversal on Bammy’s unconstitutional DACA and DAPA (only requires a withdrawing EO) like Trump promised in his campaign…..now he wants to be mire “caring and is still giving them deportation waivers AND work permits…..also waitng on action to finally shoot down the “anchor baby” misinterpretation as he promised in his campaign….all of this could have been done easily by now if he really wanted to keep his promises he made to do these things….Ann sees a certain “softening” of the legal positions he planted and now has withdrawn from applying

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      • mw says:

        We are winning on immigration and Ann is losing on relevance. She should publish her thoughts on toilet paper.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kroesus says:

          where are we winning on immigration?…..30-40M illegals and their offspring in this country and you have gotten excited about a few HUNDRED rounded up and a pronouncement to enforce existing law….until we see THOUSANDS deported daily we have not even dented the problem

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          • johnhd1 says:

            That, and seeing the wall actually built will be a good indicator, but I sure am happy about this speech today, and I don’t doubt the sincerity of it at all.

            Liked by 4 people

          • Marc says:

            Exactly. I wana hear a new sob story on MSNBC over “breaking up las familias” nightly. Then I’ll know mass deportation is occurring and the left is feeling it. The fact that the opposition party isn’t complaining about it is the problem. Step it up, President Trump.

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          • crepelady says:

            I couldn’t agree more. A few hundred amounts to nothing but more nonsense seeing as these illegal aliens drop babies like chickens laying eggs which adds to the millions who have virtually taken over our beautiful country. No excitement on my part yet over this border visit by Sessions. America wants thousands and thousands GONE FOREVER.

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        • Big Jake says:

          Anyone who thinks Ann is irrelevant on immigration is…well…irrelevant.

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        • Matroidman says:

          You Ann Bashers are nuts. Ann is the reason Trump was elected. He started his campaign by repeating what he read in her book, “Adios, America”. Some people are really jealous of beauty and brains.

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      • Bob says:

        Ann is right about Trump on immigration. Soft is too kind. All show and no go.

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      • ronheinzkaboot says:

        He could do those executive orders to reverse DACA & DAPA now but if he did he would be poison to work with for the Senate and House (I’m talking Republicans)
        He needs to get spending cuts (Obamacare) done so he can then get the tax cuts.
        He needs their help. If he reverserd DACA Rinos could easily obstruct him and get tons of press for their compassionate stands.
        I think this Sessions speech is momumental and shows he is pushing it as hard as the climate will allow. He’s not going to be just remembered as the guy who ended DACA and anchor babies. He will get stuff passed and then he will make the Rino’s show their true colors like on Obamacare.

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  9. skeinster says:

    Never thought I’d see the day… Thanks, Pres. Trump!

    And for an encore, I’d like to see nine or ten Big Business CEO’s fined out the wazoo/sent to jail for illegal hiring. Just to discourage the rest…

    Liked by 6 people

  10. elleb77 says:

    This makes my heart so happy !!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Gov Jay says:

    An added bonus!… AG Sessions will also stop the Marxist democrats from expanding their voter base!…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Big Jake says:

      Not if we don’t seriously curtail LEGAL immigration.

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      • Bendix says:

        Speaking of legal/illegal immigration, a friend of mine just back from Florida marvels at how well the immigrants from south of the border seem to be doing, able to afford things that he can’t manage to have himself. He’s a legal immigrant, btw. Some of them get all kinds of subsidies from the taxpayers, while others get gouged with a never ending barrage of requirements (with high fees), under threat of getting kicked out for non-copliance with arbitrary rules.
        What Sessions is talking about is a start on returning to one single, fair standard for all. Anybody who finds that wrong has a warped sense of morality.

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  12. Niagara Frontier says:

    Given the magnitude of what Sessions announced today, is anybody surprised by the lack of media coverage? In “normal times” this would have caused a media earthquake.

    They instead decided to spend their time trying to get mileage out of Spicer’s Hitler mistake, which goes to trivialize them further. Another triple win for our President.

    Liked by 4 people

    • tony says:

      univision was talking about it last night but i didnt see ramos doing the story. he probably is on the way there to find people to bash sessions for a response tonite.

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  13. Rainy says:

    Again a clear and concise plan of ACTION.
    God thank You for protecting these brave leaders!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. joanfoster says:

    Does it really take 10 years for illegal housekeepers to figure out they have been sexually abused?

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article143733989.html

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  15. mamadogsite says:

    For such a little man in stature, he sure packs a mighty forceful and definative punch.

    WOW.

    Once these decisions are acted on, I guarantee there will be a mass exodus of msm pundents crying and wringing their hankies as they bid their cheap, illegal “employees” farewell.

    And,, when the hancuffs are slapped on the cyotes, drug dealers and felons as they are hauled off to prison by local law, Border Patrol and ICE agents…well then you’ll get plenty of msm coverage.

    Way to go AG Sessions. Yahoo…another winning day….what are we on…#83???😁😁😁

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  16. So proud of Attorney General Sessions!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Bendix says:

    It is a common practice in Mexican families, as well as in other south of the border countries, for the children to travel back and forth, sometimes living with relatives in one country, sometimes staying here with a parent or other relatives. I have seen this myself.
    The idea that these children will be either ripped from their parents (of course they would go with them, why wouldn’t they?) or forced to live in a strange, foreign environment that they, as Americans, don’t know or understand, is largely a myth.
    For some reason, even the ‘Hispanics’ (and other Third Worlders) living here as legal immigrants are able to afford frequent travel to their “home” countries, while native Americans are lucky to afford one trip to Disney World.
    Oh, wait, if I object to this situation, I’m a xenophobic racist. Forget what I just said.

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    • Then you have seen how poorly kids South of the border are treated. An American on the street always draws the attention of kids who have been sent by their parents to panhandle.

      The only reason there is fuss about kids in the US is that it USED to garner sympathy from the public. But no more. A scam is a scam.

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