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Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General
Replied on April 6, 2018

The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable. Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest—that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border.

Today’s zero-tolerance policy further directs each U.S. Attorney’s Office along the Southwest Border (i.e., Southern District of California, District of Arizona, District of New Mexico, Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas) to adopt a policy to prosecute all Department of Homeland Security referrals of section 1325(a) violations, to the extent practicable.

Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General
Replied on May 7, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security is now referring 100 percent of illegal Southwest Border crossings to the Department of Justice for prosecution.  And the Department of Justice will take up those cases. I have put in place a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border.  If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you.  It’s that simple. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. These actions are necessary.  And they are made even more necessary by the massive increases in illegal crossings in recent months.  This February saw 55 percent more border apprehensions than last February.  This March saw triple the number from last March.  April saw triple the number last April. 

The trends are clear: this must end. Donald Trump ran for office on that idea.  I believe that is a big reason why he won. He is on fire about this. This entire government knows it.  We have to have limits.  And Congress has already set them. 

And if you want to change our laws, then pass a bill in Congress.  Persuade your fellow citizens to your point of view.  

Make no mistake, the objections, the lawsuits, the sanctuary jurisdictions are often the product of a radical open border philosophy. They oppose all enforcement. And so this Department, under President Trump’s leadership, is enforcing the law without exception.

Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General
Replied on May 8, 2018

We conclude that, because of fewer stop and frisks in 2016, a conservative estimate is that approximately 236 additional homicides and 1115 additional shootings occurred that year. A reasonable estimate of the social costs associated with these additional homicides and shootings is about $1,500,000,000. And these costs are concentrated in Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General
Replied on May 9, 2018

The war on crime and drugs did not fail. It was a roaring success. The success came as a direct result of rejecting the criticism and policies of the progressive left. The country gave its attention to the American people and crime victims for a change. High school drug use rates and homicide rates fell by half after the dreamland policies of the fuzzy-headed left were rejected, and sound professional policies were adopted.

Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General
Replied on June 18, 2018

It's a real exaggeration. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country but this is a serious matter.

Chad Readler, Acting Assistant Attorney General
Replied on July 17, 2018

We ask this Court to permit family detention during immigration proceedings. This Court should provide limited emergency relief in two respects. First, the Court should provide a limited exemption from its construction of the Flores Settlement Agreement’s release provisions so that ICE may detain alien minors who have arrived with their parent or legal guardian together in ICE family residential facilities. Second, the Court should determine that the Agreement’s state licensure requirement does not apply to ICE family residential facilities. These changes are justified by several material changes in circumstances—chief among them the ongoing and worsening influx of families unlawfully entering the United States at the southwest border.

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Humane Treatment of Migrant Children and Families
Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day. The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment does not permit the government to forcibly take a child from her mother, without justification or even a hearing.
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Deschedule Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act Now
Marijuana has been officially recognized as a legitimate medicine in 16 U.S. States in addition to the District of Columbia. The current FDA guidelines for scheduling controlled substances categorize all uses of marijuana (including that used for medical use, only) as Schedule I, erroneously placing it in the same category as Heroin and Crack Cocaine, stating that it has a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical value. The second portion of the requirement to be a Schedule I substance is absolutely untrue of medical marijuana – a point made quite clear simply by the term itself: medical marijuana. We are demanding Congress and President Barack Obama to alter our current federal policy on medical marijuana and reschedule it appropriately to a Schedule V substance, where it can be researched and prescribed in the same fashion that other therapeutic medicines are today, including as Vicodin or Oxycontin. Please apply our current laws fairly, as they were intended, and adjust mistakes made in the in
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