BALTIMORE – the U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that an attack on the New York City subway system appeared in the “starkest terms” that the failure of the US immigration system are a national security problem.
Speaking at a press conference with the new chief of Homeland Security, Sessions said two terrorist attacks in New York in recent months were carried out by men, who were in the USA. “as a result of failed immigration policies.”
Authorities say a 27-year-old Bangladesh immigrant in custody after Monday’s rush hour attack in New York, described as a failed suicide bombing mission.
Sessions restart on Tuesday on the Congress to strengthen immigration laws, and said President Donald Trump of the administration was taking steps to more strictly enforce immigration law. Among those steps, he said, the administration has hired 50 immigration judges since January and plans to hire another 60 over the next six months for the management of a backlog of cases, which “overwhelmed” the AMERICAN immigration system.
Sessions also said that the immigration workload has tripled since the year 2009, but that “under President Trump, we have already taken steps to reduce the backlog in cases.” He also said border crossings by undocumented immigrants are now at the lowest level in 45 years, but promised “that number can be zero.”
Sessions spoke at the press conference with the new secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. She said V. S.-law enforcement is redoubling efforts for the sweep up of members of the MS-13 and other violent gangs that have spread from Latin America, adding their violence will not be tolerated within the American communities.
She noted that MS-13 members suspected of committing high-profile slaughter in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — at least one of those attacks, just miles from the capital city of the country. A feature of the gang, which has ties to Central America, is repeated slashes to a victim’s body.
The MS-13 gang has become an important target of the Trump administration, in the midst of the broader approach to immigration. Authorities say that a national sweep in October netted more than 200 members.
The sessions then told reporters that he had cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama, but declined to specify who he voted for, says he values ” the sanctity of the vote.” The winner takes place, Sessions held, before he was tapped by Trump to be attorney-general.
“The people of Alabama are good and decent and wonderful people I have been proud to serve for 20 years in the Senate, and that they make the right decision, I am sure of that,” Sessions said after the news conference.
Republican Roy Moore, 70 — who was twice ousted as Alabama Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law is looking for a political resurrection in the midst of allegations of sexual misconduct with young girls when he was in his 30s. He faced Democrat Doug Jones, 63, a former attorney of the V. S. best known for the prosecution of two Ku Klux Klan members, which killed four black girls in a 1963 church bombing.
When asked if he stood by comments made last month to the House Judiciary Committee, that he had “no reason to doubt” the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct, Sessions said: “I answered the question as I knew it at the time.” He did not comment further Tuesday.
Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 Senate majority. A routine election in the Republican-dominated Alabama would not be expected to change the balance, because Alabamians still have not sent a Democrat to the upper chamber of Congress since 1992. Trump notched a 28-point win in Alabama in 2016 and remains popular in the Deep South.