United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s clamp down on the United States border with Mexico, making his position on illegal immigration very clear.
“The border is not open,” Sessions told Hannity. “Please don’t come.”
“You will be apprehended if you do come and you will be deported promptly. If you’re a criminal, you will be prosecuted, and if you assault our officers, we’re going to come at you [like] a ton of bricks,” he added.
Sessions also mentioned the recent Department of Homeland Security report, which indicated that border crossings are the lowest they have been in the last 17 years.
“This is a direct result of Donald Trump’s strong clear leadership,” Sessions said.
“I knew strong Presidential leadership, unlike the wishy-washy-ness we’ve seen in the past, would impact the flow, but not as much as we’ve seen already,” he told Hannity. “The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. So it’s really a remarkable achievement.”
Sessions also mentioned the border wall proposal, and addressed reports that funds for the border wall will not be included in the spending bill being introduced later this month.
“I believe he will get funding for the wall. I can’t imagine Congress to deny him that,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be every foot of the entire 1,700-mile border … But a wall, a barrier, multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective … So, this is the way to go.”
The remarks came after Sessions spoke in Arizona, telling the audience that America was entering the “Trump era,” and that illegal immigrants should “be forewarned.”
“The lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch and release policies of the past are over,” he said earlier Tuesday.