Attorney General Jeff Sessions used his federal platform to tout the immigration successes seen under President Donald Trump — successes that have come in the new White House commander’s first few weeks of office.
On a radio show with Boston’s Howie Carr, Sessions said Trump’s border policies are shaping to be the most favorable for America in years — yet some in the political circles, both in and out of Congress, are still critical of the White House.
“New measures to crack down at the border were of particular focus in light of Sessions’s sweeping announcements in Nogales, Arizona Tuesday. Talk also turned to Sessions’ efforts to rebuild a Justice Department still largely staffed with holdover Obama-era appointees and career civil service employees, most of whom worked under the previous administration. Sessions’ continued crusade against so-called “sanctuary cities” made up the final portion of their conversation.
“‘I’ve been excited about progress at the border … March was the lowest level of illegal entrants to the country in 17 years. It was 72% below the last month of the Obama Administration.’ …
“‘I thought if we had clear leadership by the President, by our officers, and tell people please don’t come illegally, if you want to come to America wait your turn. If we do that we’d see a decline, and so far it’s exceeded my expectation.’
“Carr expressed his disbelief at the controversy that has arisen over Sessions’ directives. ‘You’re enforcing the law. There’s nothing new here. You’re just taking the federal criminal code and enforcing it,’ he said.
“Sessions was equally incredulous:
“‘It is just beyond my comprehension how we drifted so far away from the common sense notion that sovereign nations have borders and those borders should be honored … Any country that has common sense, and almost all do, has laws that if you commit a crime while you’re in the country, lawfully or unlawfully, you are to be deported,’ he said. …
“Carr pressed Sessions on ‘Obama holdovers’ throughout his department, especially those in the Civil Rights Division who implemented Obama-appointed Assistant Attorney General Vanity Gupta’s response to the Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore riots that has drawn considerable criticism on the political right. “Are you trying to weed out these Obama-era people?” he asked.
“Sessions acknowledged that career employees have always and will continue to make up of the majority of the Justice Department, but had a stern message to those who might resist the new direction at DOJ. ‘The President, the Attorney General set the policy, and I expect those policies to be followed. If people can’t comply with the policies of this administration, they should look elsewhere.'”