The Attorney General hasn’t named permenet replacements for most of the Obama era US Attorney’s he sent walking…
Any new picks will have to go before the Senate where they will undergo sharp questioning by Democrats and some Republicans on the effects of Sessions orders…
As Sessions put it: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era.”
The Department of Homeland Security — already required by Congressional statute to fill 40,000 detention beds each day — has found 33,000 more beds for the 15,000 new customs and immigration officers Trump is hiring to fill, with some help from friendly local police departments.
Sessions’ reinforcements are arriving a decade late. Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have returned there than arrived here — 140,000 more between 2009 and 2014, according to Pew Research.
They fit in, though, with Trump’s law-and-order revival act that’s really only concerned with order, at all costs, to make America — nearly as safe as it’s been in my lifetime — feel safe again to his voters.
Sessions, a Southern gentleman, should visit his boss’ hometown to see how America’s safest big city, a haven for immigrants, has eliminated bad laws and cut down on needless enforcement while still maintaining order.
But in the Trump era, power is flowing back to Washington. With the President yet to nominate a single U.S. attorney to replace the 46 he fired, his A.G. is now ordering each of his 94 districts to designate a “border security coordinator.”
Among other things, they’ll press prosecutors to drop discretion and bring whenever possible identity-theft charges — which come with a mandatory two-year sentence — and also felony charges against anyone caught for a second time illegally entering, which is a misdemeanor.
America has 270 immigration judges now and a backlog of over half a million cases. Sessions, war-on-terror-style, is filling that “dire need” with a pathetically insufficient “surge” of 50 new judges this year and 75 more next year. At the same time, he’s demanding his prosecutors bring many thousands more cases so that a painfully clogged justice system is in danger of becoming one that provides no justice at all.
These are “complete bulls–t cases with no thinking to them, no lawyering to be done,” said the prosecutor. “You are found here, ergo you are guilty. It’s a strict liability offense.”
We’re in this mess because Washington’s lawmakers failed to update laws that do more harm than good — to pass a comprehensive immigration bill or revoke those that underpin the failed “war on drugs.”
That’s left governors, mayors, commissioners and prosecutors with tough decisions about how to use their limited resources to coax the best results out of janky arrangements. Our legal system depends on selective arrests and prosecutions, and many more pleas than trials.
If every law were strictly enforced, it would collapse….
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