U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions focused on immigration and border security in a speech before a group of Montana law enforcement officers in Bozeman on Thursday afternoon.
“It is no surprise that people want to come here. But they must do so properly. They must follow our laws or not come here at all,” Sessions said while appearing at the Montana Police Protective Association’s convention at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn.
Sessions’ speech, in front of dozens of law enforcement officers from across Montana, came the same day as House Republican moderates announced a tentative deal with conservatives to help young “Dreamer” immigrants stay in the U.S. legally, the Associated Press reported.
Pointing to increased drug crimes, Sessions asserted that stronger borders and immigration laws are needed to help law enforcement across the country.
“Policing has always been dangerous work. But unchecked illegal immigration has made the work of police officers all across America tougher and more dangerous than it ought to be,” he said. “Our porous southern border puts you and your brothers and sisters in uniform at risk.”
Dangerous drugs like methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl are coming across the border at an increasing rate, Sessions said. He cited statistics from the Montana Department of Justice that showed meth violations increasing 400 percent between 2010 and 2015.
“Any rational person that takes a look at this situation sees the need to secure the border and end the lawlessness,” he said.
Sessions took aim at “open border radicals,” some whom he said appear politically moderate but who support open border policies.
“There is an open borders movement afoot in this country. There is no other way to describe it,” Sessions said.
And Congressional attempts at immigration reform are “blocked at every turn,” Sessions said.
Sessions slammed media reports of the government losing thousands of children of illegal immigrants. “The reports have been so wrong that some people might even call it fake news,” Sessions said.
By Whitney Bermes for BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE
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