Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a hard line on immigration, calling for tougher penalties for those who break the law. In a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday, Sessions said that the federal government must take a “zero-tolerance” approach to illegal immigration and border security.
“The American people have rightly demanded that this administration take action to end the lawlessness at our southern border,” Sessions said. “We must send a message that no one is exempt from immigration law.”
Sessions also announced a new policy that would strip federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. He said the Justice Department would require local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration laws in order to receive federal grants.
Sessions’ hard-line stance on immigration has been met with criticism from some who argue that it is overly punitive and ignores the economic and social contributions of immigrants. Others have also criticized Sessions for his support of President Trump’s travel ban, which has been blocked by the courts.
Still, Sessions’ tough talk on immigration has resonated with many of the president’s supporters. Trump has made immigration one of the cornerstones of his administration, and his hard-line stance on the issue has been a key part of his appeal to his base.
For now, Sessions’ tough stance on immigration appears to be here to stay. He has made it clear that he is committed to enforcing the law, and that he will not hesitate to use the power of the federal government to do so. Whether or not his approach will be successful remains to be seen.