Sessions issues marching orders to new corps of immigration judges

by WorldTribune Staff, September 10, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sept. 10 told the largest class of new immigration judges in U.S. history that “we will send a clear message to the world that the lawless practices of the past are over.”

Attorney General Sessions delivers remarks to the largest class of immigration judges in history for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. / DOJ via Twitter

Sessions told the 44 new judges that “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.”

More immigration judges will be added “by the end of this calendar year, with a goal of seeing a 50 percent increase in the number of judges since the beginning of the Trump administration,” Sessions said.

The attorney general also warned the new immigration judges about legal ploys used by illegal aliens and their lawyers to game the system.

“Good lawyers, using all of their talents and skill, work every day – like water seeping through an earthen dam – to get around the plain words of the Immigration and Nationality Act to advance their clients’ interests. Theirs is not the duty to uphold the integrity of the act. That is our most serious duty.”

Sessions added: “This is a great nation – the greatest in the history of the world. It is no surprise that people want to come here. But they must do so according to law, because it is the supremacy of that law that made this country so great in the first place.”

Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard noted that the attorney general’s “demand for immigration toughness is one of the reasons why President Trump selected Sessions for attorney general and amid rumors the president plans to fire him, Sessions showed anew why his supporters in Congress want him to stay and continue the fight against illegal immigration.”

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