WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was released by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) congratulating Senator Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as the nation's 83rd attorney general.
"FAIR congratulates Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as Attorney General of the United States. Sessions is unparalleled in his knowledge of the proper role of the Department of Justice, the legislative process, and the rule of law, all of which will be critical in restoring much-needed accountability and responsibility to the nation's immigration policies.
"An able Senator and sincere advocate for fairness, Senator Sessions fully understands the dangers posed by the 300 jurisdictions around the nation that have adopted policies that impede federal immigration enforcement and protect criminal aliens. Under Sessions's leadership, the Department of Justice will likely take action against jurisdictions that embrace dangerous policies that shockingly defy federal law. These policies have been directly responsible for periodic crimes committed against innocent citizens, whom our laws are meant to protect.
"The new attorney general will also have the ability to help the nation's beleaguered immigration courts which are buckling under historic backlogs caused largely by the Obama administration's catch and release policies. Today, nearly 500,000 cases are waiting to be heard, and many of those released will never show up for their hearings.
"Attorney General Sessions will ensure that the public interest is of paramount concern as he oversees the restoration and proper application of the rule of law to immigration policy. The days of turning a blind eye to illegal immigration, pushing for the adoption of mass amnesty policies, and allowing tens of thousands of criminal aliens to dodge deportation are over."
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 1.3 million members and supporters nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
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