Monday, September 10, 2018

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks to the Largest Class of Immigration Judges in History

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Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a law-and-order type of speech to the new immigration judges.  Here are some memorable snippets:

"And, as the statute states, Immigration Judges conduct designated proceedings `subject to such supervision and shall perform such duties as the Attorney General shall prescribe.'

This last provision gives me responsibility to ensure that our immigration system operates in an effective and efficient manner consistent with law enacted by Congress.  Many in this country take a different view. They object to any enforcement that works. They evidence an open borders philosophy.

Let me say this clearly: it is perfectly legitimate, moral, and decent for a nation to have a legal system of immigration and to enforce the system it adopts.  No great and prosperous nation can have both a generous welfare system and open borders. Such a policy is both radical and dangerous. It must be rejected out of hand. Open borders is directly contrary to the INA, which governs our work. The INA is not perfect, but it plainly lays out a rational scheme for immigration that tells our officers and judges who is to be admitted, how many and under what circumstances."


"The asylum system has been abused for years to the detriment of the rule of law, sound public policy, and public safety—and to the detriment of people with just claims.  Saying a few simple words—claiming a fear of return—has transformed a straightforward arrest for illegal entry and immediate return to too often into a prolonged legal process, where an alien may be released from custody into the United States and possibly never show up for an immigration hearing.

This is a large part of what has been accurately called “catch and release.”  Our system was not designed to handle thousands of new asylum claims every month from individuals who illegally flood across the border.  But that is what has been happening, and it has overwhelmed the system."

And the conclusion:

"As we work to restore rule of law in our immigration system, we will send a clear message to the world that the lawless practices of the past are over. The world will know what our rules are, and great numbers will no longer undertake this dangerous journey. 

The number of illegal aliens and the number of baseless claims will fall.  A virtuous cycle will be created, rather than a vicious cycle of expanding illegality.

The American people have spoken.  They have spoken in our laws and they have spoken in our elections.  They want a safe, secure border and a lawful system of immigration that actually works.  Let’s deliver it for them."

Not surprisingly, Sessions' comments generated critical comments.


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