U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new era of illegal immigration enforcement in a Tuesday speech, directing attorneys to prioritize enforcement while announcing the hiring of several new immigration judges.
“This is the Trump era,” Sessions said firmly. Then, he drew the battle lines – American law enforcement against Mexican cartels.
“When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels…we mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders,” Sessions said. “Depravity and violence are their calling cards.”
Sessions has recently put forward a measure to block sanctuary cities from receiving federal law enforcement grants, and has expanded a program designed to deport illegal-alien prisoners more speedily.