While U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed law enforcement officials in a Boston federal court about tackling international gang violence and the need to strengthen the border separating the U.S. and Mexico, protesters were making their feelings known outside the building, Raw Story reports.
Sessions Wants To Prosecute THIS Notorious Gang
Bearing signs that read “Jeff: Go home,” and “Racism is #Notwelcome,” about 40 activists participated in the protest Thursday, which was organized by the local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Unfortunately, Sessions doesn’t seem to be going home soon. Instead, he wants to target criminal organizations that cross borders, Reuters reports. Especially gangs like MS-13. The Justice Department reports that worldwide, this gang, also called La Mara Salvatrucha, has more than 30,000 members, 10,000 of which are in the U.S.
Combining this sentiment with efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to crack down on illegal immigration, Sessions said the Justice Department is beefing up the border with additional law enforcement resources.
And he seemingly referenced Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall separating the two countries. Such a wall, he said, would make it more difficult for gang members to cross the border.
He had this to say:
“Securing our border, both through a physical wall and with brave men and women of the border patrol restoring an orderly and lawful system of immigration, is part and parcel of any successful crime fighting and gang fighting strategy.”
Sessions also said the administration is taking a critical look at a program that helps under-aged gang members “come to this country as wolves in sheep’s clothing” in order to recruit new members.
MS-13 became established in Los Angeles during the 1980s, its ranks swelling with disenfranchised immigrants from El Salvador, who fled the country to avoid its civil war.
Since January 2016, federal prosecutors in Boston have brought racketeering, drug trafficking, weapons and a number of other charges against 61 people linked to MS-13 in Massachusetts. This includes leaders, associates, and gang members.
And at one point, MassLive reports. Sessions appeared to address MS-13 members directly, saying:
“We will hunt you down, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”
“Let me be clear, this is America. We will not allow the likes of MS-13 or any gang to prey upon our communities.”
- Sessions is the author of the Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority, which blames immigrants for the loss of high-paying jobs in the U.S. and for the high rate of “welfare dependency.”
- While Trump was running for office, he steadfastly supported his proposal to prohibit Muslims from entering the U.S.
- Weirdly, he has referred to the Voting Rights Act — a law that mandates that every American’s right to vote is protected — as “intrusive legislation.”
- He has also prosecuted civil rights activists for registering Black voters.
- Sessions has characterized the NAACP (National Association for The Advancement of Colored People) and the ACLU as “un-American” organizations “who forced civil rights down the throats of people.”
- He also asserts that stop-and-frisk programs are Constitutional, noting “it’s all about how that is done.”
He has also said, to put it bluntly, that immigrants from the Dominican Republic are of little use to the U.S. Specifically, he said:
“Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society.”
This is the kind of person Jeff Sessions is. He doesn’t give a fig if poor people or people of color have the right to vote. After all, as stated above, he thinks such concerns are “intrusive” and he thinks the NAACP and the ACLU are un-American. This is reminiscent of the Cold War days when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was created to investigate so-called subversive and disloyal activities conducted by private citizens.
And if you believe this can’t happen again, you may want to rethink that in light of the circumstances we find ourselves in now, thanks to Sessions and other members of the Trump administration.
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