Jeff Sessions at the border: "take our stand" against gangs, cartels
Alex Brandon / AP
From Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech to border patrol agents in Arizona:
"It is also here, along this border, that trans-national gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence and their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document forgers seek to overthrow our lawful system of immigration. So let's stop here for a moment. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks, even beheadings. They threaten the very integrity of our nations and our hemisphere. It is here, on this sliver of land, this border, that we first take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system and our peace and prosperity."