tv Western Conservative Summit - Jeff Sessions Kirk Cameron CSPAN July 6, 2018 8:00pm-9:01pm EDT
and we showed it today to introduce you to c-span cities tour. for seven years, we have traveled to u.s. cities, bringing the book seen to our viewers. you can watch more of our visit >> coming up tonight, attorney general jeff sessions on immigration, the opioid epidemic, and religious freedom followed by republican senator cory gardner, both speaking of the western conservative summit. kerry severino of the judicial crisis network on her organization's role on who will be the next supreme court justice. welcome our speaker. >> good afternoon. it is a great privilege to be
able to introduce kirk cameron. many of you will know him from a long time back. if there was a single individual who embrace is the theme of this kirkrence, it would be cameron. remember watching an interview and he talked about his faith in no uncertain terms and one person responded that this was odd and extreme, but i am wondering how many of you who believe in a loving god and that human beings are created in the image of god and that god has a plan for you and that faith and family and freedom and future
matter. tois matter to a i want you give a warm greeting to kirk cameron. kirk: good afternoon. you look great. what an exciting event to be part of. i am so excited to be here and i am honored to be here with you who have traveled from all over and already, we have in listening to so many great inspiring ideas and we have jeff sessions coming up soon and i am going to be like so that we can make time to pause before he gets here. i am excited to be here. this is refreshing to come to the western conservative summit. i live in california. the land of loose nuts and
bolts. most of you came last to come to the western conservative summit to i do not think if you keep going west it becomes more conservative. i had to travel east us morning to tighten up. -- this morning to tighten up. i learned some interesting things about california that will be fun to share with you. there have been some [inaudible] gone deeps that have into the soil of california. sera who father established the first nine missions there. we have series -- the cities that are named after angels and saints, sacramento is our thetal, sacramento after sacrament and baptism. three agreeable ministries came out of california and they are
the billy graham association, he lost his crusade out of 1950's, jamesthe kennedy and bill bright launching campus crusade for christ out of california. california is a place where the seeds are planted deep for conservative values and the christian faith. will beope that they revival springing out and i can see some of the fruit this morning. there was a man that embodied kindness and conservative values as he approached me coming the opposite direction. i was walking doing pretty swag in my crisp suit about to go to the summit and he stopped as he was coming my way and said, excuse me, sir, may i? and i said yes? and he said your fly is open. i said thank you. i kept walking and i thought my
yes, there is hope, there is one is in california who committed to kindness, christian charity, and conservative values . there is hope for california. and the flight here was great, i sat next to two teenage girls coming back from hawaii and we had a great time, i was able to share the gospel with them. i am sharing the gospel and there were some -- it was some are fiddly timed turbulence over the rockies when were talking about eternal things. it was perfect. i was further humbled when they asked me what i did, i told them i was an actor on a show called "growing pains." they had no idea what that was. i told themntil that dj tenor was my sister that they thought i was cool. -- not worth listening to
until someone find -- found out he had a famous sister. i finally understand what freedom is. taken friends who have time to point -- pour into me. i made a documentary film when i something iay by saw in plymouth, massachusetts and ended up making a documentary. i did not make it as a filmmaker, i was not into the political side of things as much as i was concerned for the future for my kids. we have been married for 27 years. something like 270 in hollywood years. we have six children. and i am concerned for the world they are growing up into. i have some in a people telling me the world is continuing to
it worse, the end is near and am thinking we met, we have a lot of skin in the game read what i to my kids, is the world really going to help -- hell? what do we do and i remember looking for answers and winding the news confused me because everyone was yelling and screaming and playing the blame game. church lames hollywood and movies for all the problems in the world and everybody pointing at each other, who has the right answer and i thought, wait a minute. we live in a country where people come here illegally and risk of lives to come to the greatest nation on earth, maybe we just forgot what made us so good and great in the first waste. we should go back and recapture some of these things that are worth saving. if only i could talk to the people who help this nation our
founding fathers and founding mothers and say if you were here now about what we do do, what do we have to get that too, do you have a secret sauce recipe and can you really to our struggles? and so i went with a friend of mine who is a historian and i went back and began tracing the escape route of the pilgrims. i learned about who they are and they were these out-of-the-box conservative faith driven people who got hold of the word of god and it transformed them. it was like rocket fuel and they were not content to live in the system they had which was anything but free. and they escaped from under the rule of kim -- king james. he made a great bible but made a terrible king. there was turning on steroids. he controlled everything. they managed to escape and get to holland where they had 12 pastor, johneir
robinson, who they call the founding father of the forefathers. thetaught them nationbuilding principles and the principles of internal and external freedom that they learnt so well and brought with them on the mayflower across the ocean to this north american continent. they went with two ships but the speedwell sprung a leak and half .he congregation state they went on a wine ship that was designed to go port to port and they arrived late going through a storm and being blown we of course. they were ready to meet their they and they prayed and had to fix the welcome beam that held up the mast to the ship and they made it all the way across and they met with every
imaginable form of challenge. and harsh winters and no food with a socialist form of their government that they made something called the mayflower compact and they began to rely on individual self-government, according to the word of god and it began to change and create a form of government there that served as a blueprint for what later became our constitution. they passed on principles that andght about freedom prosperity and protection. i was thinking where is william bradford today? my friend showed me something i had never heard of before. it was a monument, not just any monument but it was the largest
freestanding granite monument in america and it was called the monument to the forefathers and it is hidden behind a forest of trees in a residential neighborhood on a hill overlooking plymouth rock and nobody knows that it is there. most congressmen, senators do not know it is there, never heard of it. most of the press that i did for the film had never heard of the monument and it believe it is the most important when we have in the nation. it served as one of the inspirations for the statue of liberty and it spells out a biblical worldview for the building and securing of a free society. when i saw it, my jaw dropped. and i first felt so inspired and then i felt anger that no one had ever shown this to me before. i want to explain this monument to you because it is life-changing. it has been for me, and it is still sitting on that hill and
still very few people have ever seen it. of fivemonument made up , thees, the tallest largest is at the top and her name is faith. she is standing on a platform, imagine this podium is a rock platform and the four corners of this column are for more statues. tall and sheding is pointing to heaven, the one true god of heaven. our forefathers believed in god. she is holding a book that happens to be the bible and it is the geneva bible, the bible that was brought over by the pilgrims on the me are. its pages are being alone opened by the wind of the holy spirit. she has a star on her forehead which symbolized wisdom and they believe that faith was about loving god and trusting him with all of your heart but believing with him and reasoning with
god's word and engaging your mind. she has her foot firmly planted on the rock representing plymouth rock. that faith is expressed first internally through that first corner statue which is morality and it is depicted as a woman, she is sitting on a chair, her eyelids are closed because morality is an internal thing and she is holding a copy of the 10 commandments in one hand with exit this chapter 20 written there and the scroll of revelation and the other hand. is a relief and etched in the granite is evangelist. our forefathers believed that true faith would express itself first internally by transforming the heart through the gospel being preached areas -- preached. and on her right it is moses
holding the 10 commandments. once you have a heart chains that want you to do the right thing, you must have the standard by which to know what is the right thing? then they have that. with a is sitting there medallion around her neck and it represents the 12 tribes of israel. once you have morality anchored in the heart internally and you have the standard by which you know good from evil, you then turn to the next statue which is law. law is a judge sitting on his seat at his bench and he is holding the book of law. and that book is under a book held by faith which is the word of god signifying that no law that man ever makes will be higher in authority in the word of god at the law of god.
as in that great? his right isn justice and lady justice is there with scales showing equality and she is also holding a sword showing that the government and justice does not bear the sword in vain. there -- there are going to be just laws and so the judge has ability to extend justice and mercy. because he has wisdom. once you have laws that codify good morality, now you have civility in your society and you can turn to the next statue which is education that is symbolized by a woman and she is seated with a wreath of victory around her head. it is probably a mom and she has looks of knowledge in her hand and to her right is the really that she isng child teaching as he is copying down what she is imparting to him and
it says youth. toher left is wisdom to pick buy an old man with a beard holding a bible and a globe. our forefathers believed that you train as a child, that is education when they are young and when they are old they will not depart from that way. fruits ofproduces the liberty and that is the final statue. iserty is a soldier who seated on his chair and he is dressed in the former that produces that liberty. he has the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, his feet are covered in the sandals of peace and the chain on his wrists and ankles are broken. slavery,ng that his the tear any longer holds him. he is the liberty man.
his sword is put back into its sheath because the lion of tyranny and the lion symbolized the nation of england was slain. of the lion is draped across his back with its claw on his shoulder and it has in defeated. the relief to his right, tyranny over flown -- overthrown. peace left is the relief who is his wife. and she is there holding a cornucopia that is overflowing with blessings for her family. his eyes are wide open looking east across the ocean because he is vigilant and determined to protect and fight for his faith, for his morality, for his laws, the privilege of educating his children. the last thing he would have thought of was pending that over
to the government from his background reeking came from, that was a parental responsibility in whatever form they decided would be vast and that produced his liberty. and it was something that needed to be continually fought for. its statue is amazing and perfectly spells out the recipe for a free society, a good society that promotes faith, family, and freedom for the future. it is interesting if you wind that monument words, it is how you unravel a free culture. if you start with education and you can take over the education process in school, you began to teach a different worldview to kids through science and history and business and everything else. that is happening in our
country. once you do that you are giving a different set of values and priorities and you are rewriting history and laws begin to change. that happening in our supreme court, we see it at state courts, and local courts. and people's idea of orality begins to shift and good becomes evil and evil becomes good. we learn that when we were in school and we see that morality changing within our country right now. where did that archaic morality so-called come from? it came from that book that is being held by faith, the holy bible. maybe that is the problem. let's get rid of that and then we replace it with the humanist manifesto or a socialist form of government or something else, maybe the koran or some other book that gives us your action and what happens is the morality
changes radically and the laws begin to change again and the culture is built and planted deep into the hearts and minds of the next generation. when you get to the last heart of the matrix you do not end up with liberty man sitting on the chair, you have the lion of tyranny sitting on the chair and liberty man's leg hanging out of the lion's mouth. history shows this over and over. i believe that we have an opportunity i joining together and brainstorming and developing these ink tanks and learning from what others are doing and putting this into practice to be able to reverse this and get back to the original recipe and our forefathers had the foresight to know that we would get here and left us the trail that home.
go to plymouth, massachusetts and see this incredible monument. it can always check out the documentary. it is called man u mental, you can see it on netflix or wherever you like to. interesting side story, i am making us sick to this film right now, it is airing on a major national network my it is one of the great eggs about living in california is we can make movies and send messages out through the entertainment industry that are good messages as well. want to do is i want to create a small replica of this monument because nobody has ever made one. so you can have it in your homeschool class or on your desk , if you are an elected official or a principal of the school or if you are a pastor to understand how our forefathers integrated their faith into every aspect of their life to give us the freedom to keep our church doors open and our radio programs going and a free economy.
and a politically free system. prototype i tried to get it duplicated and sent it to china and it was confiscated because it was deemed illegal religious contraband. which is ironic as we live in a country where our children in school are being taught that our nation was built on the premise of getting god out of government but the chinese government found so much god in the forefathers' monument that they would not make a little statue for me. they are great at making little statues. go to new zealand and higher the workshop, the guys lordo the scope ding for of the rings and the hobbit and avatar to make and replicate this beautiful monument that gives us the recipe home. to freedom. closing, anou in
important question. i want to make sure you are awake so i will ask to other questions first, will you spell the word shop. what do you do when you come to a greenlight? did you say stop? you go when you come to a greenlight. one more question. i will give you one more chance spell the word soak. what do cows strength? they dry water. those are silly russians. how do you secure freedom? -- those are silly westerns. it is an inside out strategy. going to the western conservative summit, no.
electing the right president? no. those are good and important things. that is why we are here. but it starts with faith and a transformation on the inside of your heart that you want to do the right thing and long for the standard that lines up with the most loving and fair reading and the universe. and then you work to bring that morality to bear in your society , to reward the good and punish the evil and you teach these things to your children to the second and third generation because we're not going to be here very much longer. .hat is -- produces liberty and we must continue to fight for it. god bless you. thank you very much. [applause] please welcome jeff hunt, the chairman of the west -- western
conservative summit. jeff: let's give him another round of applause. let's get set up here. we watched an administration ignore the rule of law for eight years. president obama's department of justice oversaw the fast and furious program which gave drug 2000 weapons resulting in the death of a u.s. order control agent. obama's department of justice did not enforce federal drug laws. all while allowing the irs to target conservative groups and suing the state of errors on a for enforcing immigration laws.
that changed in my 16. -- in 2016. attorney general jeff sessions was first u.s. senator to endorse donald trump for president. attorney general jeff sessions has threatened to sue 23 sanctuary cities has sued the state of california over there sanctuary city policies. [applause] than blaming the police for our problems, attorney general jeff sessions hiring more police to make our communities safer and yes, they those ms 13ter animals. [applause] >> unlike some who have chosen
to flood our communities with more drugs, attorney general jeff sessions is protecting our children and fighting back against a growing drug culture. finally, attorney general jeff sessions stood with jack phillips, the colorado maker in defending religious freedom. -- baker in defending religious freedom. drugs, jeff sessions is fighting back. on ms 13, jeff sessions is fighting back. to protect religious freedom, jeff sessions is fighting back. attorney general jeff sessions has returned. a returned our country to rule of law. and gilman, we're proud to welcome the 84th attorney general of the united states, jeff sessions. >> please welcome the attorney general of the united's rates.
-- united states. jeff: thank you. thank you all. thank you so much. it is great to be with you. i did get to see how big the crowd is. it reflect something serious about the strength of the conservative movement in america. it is strong and we will continue to be heard in public policy in this country. i really want to thank jeff can't and for that introduction. it was exciting, it got me charged up a little bit and the late afternoon. i appreciate his leadership for
the fifth centennial institute. jeff worked at the senate republican conference when i served in the senate and i remain grateful for his service throughout years to the conservative movement. thank you to the centennial and to colorado christian. i visited the year before last and tomorroweakers glad i let me say i am am speaking first. i would hate to follow enemies. many of you have heard me say this already. i think he is one of the greatest attorney general's ever to serve in our nation's history.
something that is not available around the world and we should always study how we got here, be thankful for what values and principles we have adhered to and be cautious as we go forward , not to he those great values that have produced so much for us. i know you feel that way and i do. elections have consequences. president trump ran for office as a law and order candidate and he is governing as a law and order president. some fabuloused judges to the federal bench. they are faithful to their oath and that says they will serve under the constitution and laws of the united states. not above them, they are not entitled to redefine the meeting -- meaning of words to make it
the law that was written for one time and for one matter to be transformed as a tool to advance simple to agenda, never contemplated i the drafters of that law. that is an anti-democratic act when activists do that kind of thing. we need judges who are faithful to the law. if you love the constitution, if you respect it, you will enforce it as it is written, the good and the bad parts. if and if you do not like it. if you want to venerate, strengthen the constitution, you will enforce it at -- as written and not twisted to mean things he does not mean and to create a circumstance where a judge in the earth -- future can go further to erode the constitutional protections we have in this country. has confirmed from
judges including 21 to the bench. is andow important this some more of being nominated it seems every day. the department of justice is andy the lawlessness that often took place under the previous administration. late last night, we informed the texas court we would not be --ending the constitutional constitutionality of the obama health care mandate. it is a rash step but one i felt was necessary when it comes to this law. a monumental law of historic governmental proportions that moved to the american health care system in the entire
economy of america and we will be active in that litigation and upholding the constitution of protecting the rule of law is a foundation of everything we do in the department of justice. we have agreed to settlement terms with nearly 500 plaintiffs who brought cases by groups who were targeted by the irs when they applied for tax exempt status. rate -- you remember that, those cases. these troops were subject to inappropriate criteria that disproportionately impacted conservative groups. settled 22 cases with 90 plaintiffs regarding the previous administration costs want full contraception mandate. last week a district court in colorado issued a permanent injunction in the case that the obama administration have litigated against the little sisters of the poor.
their actions against the little sisters of the poor was a violation of the important religious freedom restoration act. because of the injunction in the injunction is permanent, the government can never again violate the law in a way that previous administration did. [applause] constitution does not just protect freedom of thought. inthe freedom to worship secret. it protects the open expression of religious beliefs and public. the first phrase in the first amendment even before free speech says protects the free exercise of religion.
that is why in october, at president trumps direction the department of justice honoring his promise during the campaign issued a legal document to -- the that makes it clear that the federal government may not discriminate against people because of their religion rather in rulemaking and rules are made in ways you cannot imagine or enforcement of the law or in employment or grantmaking or contracting or in other areas. solicitor general argued before the supreme court in december in support of jack phillips. [applause] courageous colorado acre
who would not back down. he stood for his beliefs almost alone at times it seemed and he did not back down. he was sued for refusing to bake same-sex wedding. he felt strongly about that and this week, one -- he won and the supreme court 72. i was proud for him. under this administration, religious americans are not going to be treated as an afterthought, as deplorables, or as bitter clingers anymore. this administration recognizes the value of religion to society and culture and society and culture are important. they shape who we are. you cannot have the kind of freedom, prosperity, and safety
that we have in this great country without a strong cultural basis. i have trouble the world -- traveled the world. our heritage goes beyond the concept of religious toleration. we are going beyond that. we restored an affirmation of each person's individual .eligious integrity it is a religious integrity people are entitled to. we consider that an endowed right as the american founders did. another great event, sam
brownback is a master at large for religious freedom. know sam many of you and i am confident he will do a great job in that new important position. so many of the threats to religious freedom that we face are threats to another first amendment right, that is the right to free speech. they go together. if it is religious speech that is being constricted that is doubly bad. constitution reflects religion and speech area and a lot of people do not seem to understand that. they think it is more appropriate to constrict religious speech than other speech. religiouse threats to freedom that we face are also threats to speech. i think the american people are
concerned. i think the american people are concerned about it during the past election and i think people felt that they were being restricted in their ability to express themselves and i think the boldness of president trump and his willingness to challenge correctness was a big part of his strength in the public support that he got. [applause] so we are going to protect that right. it is an important part of the constitution. we have gotten involved in free speech cases on college campuses. the last place you would think we would have to act. from california to georgia. that includes the case of a student who wanted to share his christian faith but was told he could only speak in a tiny free expression area. times cant certain you have the right to speak.
we are going to continue to protect our first amendment rights but the first civil right in america and we have to know is to be safe in our communities. that applies to poor people and minorities who are often struggling financially and they cannot live in gated communities. they are entitled to public safety to. that is why we are hammering the criminal and violent groups especially ms 13 that vicious gang, it is one of the most violent in -- and inhumane groups in the world. kill, rape, and control. they left by that every day. -- live by that every day. members have been charged with drug trafficking, rape, sexual assault, murder, racketeering, and violent extortion, to name a few. they seek to dominate, they seek
to control. they seek to exercise their over neighborhoods and committees in the united states. we can never see them sovereignty over the one inch of the property of this country, let me tell you that. some of my friends on the left are worried that president trump may have hurt their feelings. department of justice, we have focused on the safety of the american people. not on gang safety. that is why we put our target on the back of every ms 13 member in the united states and around the world. we have the support there. in 2017, working with countries like el salvador and others, we morecharged her arrested
than 4000 members across the western hemisphere. in 2017, we brought more cases against more violent terminals and the united states than in any year in the last were century. we charged the most federal firearms offenses, criminals with firearms in a decade. we convicted nearly 500 traffickers, 1200 gang members, and the trump administration, we know who side we are on. we are on the side of belief, law and order, it the american people, and we back the blue. not the criminals. [applause] jeff: in fact, the first executive order i got on the
first day in office from president trump was asked the men and women in blue and that is exactly what we were proud to hear. in recent weeks, i sent in reinforcements, more than 300 additional federal press eaters by tightening our budget, saving that wereating savings were able to [indiscernible] throughout this country to help the more effective in fighting crime. 300 additional federal prosecutors that we were able to redirect to the field throughout america. the countryside. it is the biggest surge in pressing eaters in decades, maybe ever. these efforts are especially important because when president trump took office, the country had been reeling from a sudden increase in crime.
after 30 years of decline. the violent crime rate had been cut in half since the beginning of the reagan administration and those trends began to work in our favor. crime rate had been cut in half and the murder rate was cut in half, aggravated assault was cut most in half, robbery fell by 62%. 2016, those trends reversed. and theubling to me last two years of the obama administration, violent crime rate overall went up i nearly 7%. robberies went up, assaults went up nearly 10%, rape went up by 11%, murder increased, homicide .ncreased 20% in just two years after a long and steady decline.
under donald trump we are stopping these trends. we are determined to do so. [applause] having said during police week, if we want to bring down violent crime we must stand up for our police and i truly believe that is so. make no mistake. our goal is to bring down crime, not see it go up. [applause] era, the aclu is not going to me making and setting our law enforcement policies. the professionals are. we are seeing results. in the first six months of last year, the increase in murder rate slowed and almost flattened out. the violent crime rate went down overall. publicly available data for the rest of the year suggests further progress.
we want to see it go down significantly. preliminary data for 2018 looks better. the major city police chiefs association has reported a 3.8% increase -- decrease in violent decline in 4.7% murders based on 65 key reporting agencies. those are the preliminary numbers. last fall drugat overdoses finally started to decline. maybe a little bit. we're not sure about that. we have had 65,000 people die the year before last from drug overdoses. unbelievable numbers. we want to see those numbers go .own too opioid debts are the big key to that as you know. we need this progress right now, not five years from now. not only was crime increasing at
the end of the previous administration, but drug death increased i'm more than one third in two years. this department is going after drug companies, doctors, pharmacists, and others who violate the law. since january of 2017, think about this, would you? we have charged more than 150 doctors in this country. and another 150 medical personnel for opioid related crimes. 16 of those doctors prescribed more than 20.3 million pills illegally. that was a stunning number. we have indicted more than 6500 defendants on opioid related investigations, seized more than $150 million from them, and the last three months, the drug enforcement administration has seized a total of more than 200 innds of suspected fentanyl
cases from detroit to boston. as powerful50 times as heroin and it is so powerful, a small amount equivalent to a pinch of salt is powerful enough to be deadly. depending on its purity, that amount of fentanyl can be enough to kill tens of millions of people. in the first three months of 2018, our officers worked with our state and local partners in arizona, seized 300 pounds of heroin, 80 pounds of fentanyl, tens of thousands of counterfeit bills containing fentanyl. no one knows how much is in these pills, often it is a deadly dose. together we prosecuted 90 drug traffickers in that one state of arizona. all of us have to understand that the vast majority of methamphetamine,
heroin, cocaine in this country first cranked came across the southern border. it is a netflix fact. tens of thousands of seven killed every year because we do not have a secure border. in 2017, customs and border protection seized more than 1100 pounds of fentanyl at the border. that number is only getting bigger. in the first seven months of fiscal year 18, fentanyl seizures at the mexico border 750% compared to the same time in 2017. wall, ito build that hear. we absolutely do. drug are going to and the crisis, we need to secure the border and if we're going to have a secure border, we have to have a wall.
bill that wall. for decades, the american people for an pleading, asking lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest. a system that we can be proud of. that is not too much to ask of their government. the american people are right and just and moral and decent when they make this request of their government. their right they want a safe and secure border and a government who knows who is in this country and who is not. i reject arguments of the left that the american people are hateful or hate immigrants. that is false. [applause] donald trump ran for president on the idea. he was clear about it. that is the biggest reason why he won and he is on fire about
this. the entire government knows how strongly feels about it and we are getting things done. when not going to let this country be overwhelmed. they're not going to terrify and -- caravan in here or otherwise stampede our border. it cannot be a lot to happen. -- allowed to happen. last month the department of homeland security announced it will refer close to 100% of illegal southwest border as possible to the department of justice for prosecution and with the department of justice -- we at the department of justice will do everything we can to prosecute all of them. i put in place a zero tolerance for illegal entry at the border. if you cross the southwest border unlawfully, we are going to prosecute you. it is that simple. it is unlawful to do that. [applause]
jeff: if they are part of a smuggling organization that smuggles people into the country, we will prosecute them to. that is what we are going to do. prosecutors to the southwest border, moved 18 immigration judges to detention center so they can be tried in the detention centers. about a 50% increase in the number of immigration judges who have been handling these cases at the border. 11 million people are already here unlawfully. that is more than the population of virtual or the state of -- portugal or the state of georgia. we have -- we need to know this, we already have the most general -- generous immigration laws in the world. we accept 1.1 million people every year to lawful permanent
resident status. that is more than the population of montana. every year into this country. it is a short track to citizenship. every one of these one million is the highest numbers of any country in the world. is an addition to the 700,000 people who come here explicitly to take jobs and a half million who come to take spots in american color -- and universities. we want a lawful system that serves our interests. it cannot be that anyone seeking a better life anywhere in the world can walk into a country contrary to the laws and then demand services and benefits. it makes sense. there are limits. there are limits to what we can do. congress has already set them. it is the immigration and
nationality act. part of my job is to enforce that. we intend to do so. that is why we are challenging so-called sanctuary jurisdictions to nullify federal immigration laws. sanctuary jurisdictions refused to cooperate with immigration , ournforcement officers ice officers. in many cases, they have criminals sitting in their jails who are wanted by federal officers for deportation because not only did they enter the country unlawfully, they entered the country unlawfully and committed additional crimes sufficient to be put in the penitentiary or the jailhouse of a local jurisdiction. there are subject to being deported. they will not turn them over to us, they release them back home to the streets, causing our office in multiple numbers now theo and arrest someone in
community somewhere, you have to have more than one or two officers. these are dangerous situations. had they been allowed to pick them up at the jail like we do with any other criminal offense, had they enable to pick them up there, they could pick them up safely, they would know they are not armed, and they could import them and put them into the deportation process. this is a big issue. it goes beyond law and lawsuits. it is a big issue because we need to tell these politicians why is it that is in your minds? what do you think you are doing when you're risk -- you refuse to allow the partition of a isminal in your city who their unlawfully and commits another crime? i do not understand it and i do not think the american people can. [applause] and if you want to deport someone who came here and committed a crime, let me ask
you, who will you deport? the answer is nobody. this is an open borders policy. and we see it throughout this country and i felt it and the united states senate and i feel it today. anything that is out there that seems to be effective you get opposition to. whoannot be that someone illegally crosses the border on monday gets to denver or boulder or ever on wednesday, is home never to be removed from this country, what kind of law would that be? what if they are bringing six ounces of cocaine and they are arrested for that? still not being deportable question mark it makes no sense. this has serious consequences. according to data, ice was able to rearrest only 6% of all illegal immigrants that were
released after a refusal to hand them over. they asked the jail to release them to the ice offices for deportation proceedings. the local jurisdiction refused to do so, released them into the community and they find only 6% of those now. for deportation. these criminals were not turned over in the first place, they have to go out and dangerous circumstances and it is hard to find them. the trump administration, we are not going to stand for this. we are going to keep fighting. -- the department of justice sued the state of california over their controversial unconstitutional sanctuary law. i am confident, i feel good about the legal basis of the case, attacking a number of the incredible provisions in that
act. by quiteeen supported a number of jurisdictions now, well over a dozen and california that are trying to get their own state government and we have been -- we have also supported who used its state legislative powers to restrict and eliminate sanctuary cities throughout the state of texas. that is a big step. [applause] and -- colorado has challenges. since i became attorney general with i'll briefs in support of state and local law enforcement and defensive litigation in about 30 states. a number of courts in these cases have rolled in our favor. there's a lot more we could talk about today. and the trumpet era, we have already seen an historic string of victories for conservatives
and the american people. here is my message. where are going to keep up this pace. right now it is -- we are not slowing down. we are determined to determinedp winning and winning and winning. are you tired of it yet? not yet. we are going to make this country safer, stronger, and i am confident that with your help and support, we are going to succeed. thank you all, it is an honor to be with you. may god less this country and all of us together. [applause] thank you. hello. good morning. senatore to introduce cory gardner. [applause] i am here because elizabeth warren was unavailable. [laughter]