Sessions’s emphasis on immigration enforcement is also clear from his decisions to send more than 100 immigration judges across the country to help process immigration cases, and to create the position of Border Security Coordinator in U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country. Finally, the DoJ has mounted a strong legal defense of the president’s Executive Order restricting the entry of foreign nationals from countries that “present heightened threats” to America. This constellation of policies shows that the Attorney General is dedicated to keeping our borders secure and our immigration laws respected.
Sessions has also done important work to fight violent crime. In response to the alarming increase in violence committed against law enforcement officers in 2016, he announced $98 million in funding awards to 179 agencies around America. This money will fund the hiring of over 800 full-time officers. In addition to helping the thin blue line, the DoJ is aggressively pursuing MS-13 — the gang whose motto declares their intent to “kill, rape and control.” Mr. Sessions has made the gang a top priority for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and last November the DoJ partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to arrest more than 200 MS-13 members. In fact, the Department convicted more than 1,200 members of various gangs last year.