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But the census question -- which has appeared in one form or another on the census for over a hundred years -- is either legal or illegal. The words on the page don't have a motive ; they are either permitted or they are not, but the judge has decided to hold a trial over the inner workings of a cabinet secretary's mind.
Let's be clear : We have a goal. And that goal is to end the lawlessness that now exists in our immigration system, the American people have spoken. The American people have spoken in our laws and The American people have spoken in our elections. The American people want a safe, secure border and a lawful system of immigration that actually works and serves the national interest. Thank you for what you do, let's deliver this for The American people.
Congress has passed several statutes that provide the Department with the ability to seek capital punishment for certain drug-related crimes, i strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation.
Justice Department official Zachary Terwilliger has a strong record that any prosecutor would be proud of, justice Department official Zachary Terwilliger rose through the ranks in the Eastern District of Virginia, from summer intern to Assistant United States Attorney who made a name for Justice Department official Zachary Terwilliger successfully prosecuting MS-13 members, Bloods members, and firearm offenders and putting them behind bars.
I will not be able to describe on any matters, the parameters of matters that might be under investigation, the subjects of any investigation, because it's an ongoing investigation, and I'm not at liberty to discuss it, and it's the policy of the department that on delineating or talking about recusals, in fact, does reveal that and you shouldn't talk about it publicly.
It is the policy of the Department of Justice that those who have recused themselves not state the details of [the recusal] or confirm the existence of an investigation, or the scope or nature of the investigation, so, I feel like by following the rules of the Department, which I am teaching all of our people to do, I cannot answer that question.
I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.
Since the day he took office, President Trump has had no higher priority than the safety of each and every American, that is why today the Department of Justice is publishing for public comment a proposed rulemaking that would define ‘machine gun’ to include bump stock-type devices under federal law – effectively banning them.
We wanted a healthy and good relationship with [ California ], but federal law determines immigration policy, he said.The state of California is not entitled to block that activity. Somebody needs to stand up and say no, Jeff Sessions’ve gone too far, Jeff Sessions can not do this, this is not reasonable. It’s radical, really.
We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source, if we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.
I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful, our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.
When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle, while the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm.
Congress is always slow—we are not behind on U.S. attorneys—they have, and always have been late summer, early fall, we are moving forward with some really great nominees—U.S. attorneys are critical law enforcement officers—they work with federal agencies, all the state agencies and they provide leadership and drive for those prosecutions—we need great U.S. attorneys.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge’s ruling in Hawaii on Tuesday that blocked the Trump administration’s immigration ban. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.
Nothing's been done in the past eight years to to enforce the border rules and regulations, not to mention many of the immigration laws inside of the United States, this is all about securing and safeguarding the southwest border but at the same time -- and this is critical -- making sure the free flow of legal movement and people and commercial interest north and south happen. And we're dedicated to that.
We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order, we won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.
I think our President, having seen some of these really weird interpretations of the executive orders that he's put out, I think he's more understanding now that we need judges who follow the law, not make law, the judges don't get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful. It's either lawful or it's not. I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge (Neil) Gorsuch and (the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin) Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law. They honor it and don't try to remake it as they'd like it to be.
We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks, this is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious. So yes, it is a priority. We've already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.
When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders, … It is here on this very sliver of land—on this border—that we take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system, peace and prosperity.
I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store, educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. We can reduce the use of drugs, save lives and turn back the surge in crime that inevitably follows in the wake of increased drug abuse.
I think there is concern that good police officers and good departments can be sued by the Department of Justice when you just have individuals within a department that have done wrong, these lawsuits undermine the respect for police officers and create an impression that the entire department is not doing their work consistent with fidelity to law and fairness, and we need to be careful before we do that.
We owe it to the American people to ensure that illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes and are serving time in our federal prisons are expeditiously removed from our country as the law requires, this expansion and modernization of the Institutional Hearing Program gives us the tools to continue making Americans safe again in their communities.
Today's arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country, the Department of Justice is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and we will not tolerate the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs.
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