Atty General Sessions Speaks in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference in Baltimore Tuesday alongside Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen M. Nielsen.
He laid out the administration's efforts to combat MS-13 and carry out its immigration priorities.
The Attorney General told the media that violent crime in Baltimore has increased over the past two years saying, "Baltimore has a higher murder rate and higher violent crime rate than Chicago and less than a quarter of the population."
He also spoke about recent terror attacks, "We've seen two terrorist attacks in New York City carried out by men who were here as a result of failed immigration policies the diversity lottery and chain migration."
According to statistics presented at the event, between 2005 and 2016, the United States admitted 9.3 million people under this chain migration policy. He said, each of those people may be able to sponsor their relatives as well, calling the policy unsustainable.
Sessions said, President Trump has proposed ending chain migration and switching to a merit-based system like they have in Canada and Australia.
"That means welcoming the best and the brightest and turning away not only terrorists, but gang members and criminals. "
The annual National Crime Victimization Survey shows that the rate of Americans victimized by violent crime is up more than 13 percent.
He touted arrests made to stop gang violence saying, "This year alone, the Department has secured convictions against more than 1,000 gang members and targeted MS-13."
The Attorney General called MS-13 one of the most dangerous gangs in America with more than 10,000 members across 40 U.S. states.
He said, President Trump ordered him to reduce crime in America and to take on transnational criminal organizations, cartels, and gangs.
The Attorney General said he embraced that agenda, and is carrying it out aggressively.