In remarks following his swearing-in ceremony, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to devote the Department of Justice to fighting the rising tide of violent crime in America.
“This is a dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk,” the nation’s new Attorney General said.
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“We will deploy the talents and abilities of the Department of Justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rising crime and to protect the people of our country,” Sessions continued.
Additionally, Sessions pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s policy of using so-called “prosecutorial discretion” to refuse to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. “We need a lawful system of immigration. One that serves the interests of the people of the United States,” the Attorney General said. “That’s not wrong, that’s not immoral, that’s not indecent.”
President Trump lamented rising crime rates in a speech delivered to a gathering of major city police chiefs Wednesday, noting that the overall murder rate in the US’s 30-largest cities climbed by “double digits” in 2016.
After swearing in the Attorney General Sessions, the president signed three executive actions “designed to restore safety in America” and to combat crime.
President Trump is directing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland security to “break the back” of criminal drug cartels and violent gangs committing crimes within the United States.
He has also asked the DOJ to form a taskforce on reducing violent crime in America, and to implement a plan to combat violent crimes committed against law enforcement officers.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo