Posted by Matthew Bernstein | Mar 10, 2017 | American Strength
The election of President Donald Trump signified that the United States was ready to change. The people were ready to move away from the destructive policies of the past eight years. While the Democrats say that former President Barack Obama was a great leader, his policies leave much to be desired.
For one thing, Obama was adamant in moving the nation towards having weak borders. Why else would he eliminate key border security programs and oppose everything that Trump was talking about on the campaign trail? Add in several acts that Obama pushed through, including increasing the amount of refugees coming to the nation, and it’s apparent he wanted to have no borders.
The decision to go towards a borderless nation led to the increase of more criminals coming to the country. Since more criminals came into the country, the crime rate has gone up. Obama didn’t do anything about the rising crime however, therefore putting the safety of the citizens at risk.
The election of Trump was the first step towards reforming these lax policies. The next step was having Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed. Since he was confirmed, the new Attorney General has started to totally reform the former president’s policies towards crime. He is also directing federal prosecutors to use every legal tool at their disposal to remove these criminals.
In other words, the crimes are rising, but they aren’t getting prosecuted for those crimes. It’s a double whammy that is putting American citizens at risk. Sessions continued his memo:
“It is the policy of the Department of Justice to reduce crime in America, and addressing violent crime must be a special priority. With crime rates rising, this is not an easy task as all professionals know. But, we do have strong evidence that aggressive prosecutions of federal laws can be effective in combatting crime. Our Department’s experience over decades shows these prosecutions can help save lives.”
The rising murder point came from the FBI’s 2015 crime report. It revealed a 10.8 percent increase in murders from 2014 to 2015. That was the largest increase in a single year since 1971. Overall, violent crime increased by 3.9 percent. Major cities were the biggest victims, as they saw a 21.6 percent increase in murders.
This was because of a sudden reversal by Obama. Despite the fact that there was a decades-long decline in violent crime, Obama pushed his “stigmatize-and-federalize” campaign. This was against state and local police following the Ferguson, Missouri riots in August of 2014.
For his part, Sessions has told the 94 federal U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work with the state and local law enforcement officials. They are to “specifically identify the criminals responsible for significant violent crime in their districts,” and make sure that they are prosecuted.
One of the areas that Sessions wants to target specifically is that of drug trafficking. He claims that it is a high contributor to violent crime. “[M]any violent crimes are driven by drug trafficking and drug trafficking organizations. For this reason, disrupting and dismantling those drug organizations through prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act can drive violent crime down.”
This represents a complete 180-degree turn from the Obama administration’s efforts. They wanted to minimize penalties against the drug traffickers. Obama launching an effort to cut drug traffickers’ sentences highlighted this, with many of them being armed convicts.
Not to mention that he commuted over 1,700 federal prisoners’ sentences before leaving the Oval Office, saying it was “the right thing to do.” This was also noted in 2013, when former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the prosecutors to not mention the weight of the drugs that were seized from traffickers when filling crime reports.