Sessions omits line calling gangs 'filth' from immigration crackdown speech

Sessions omits line calling gangs 'filth' from immigration crackdown speech
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE on Tuesday omitted a line from an immigration speech calling crime organizations such as drug cartels "filth" as he addressed border agents. 

According to prepared remarks from the Justice Department, Sessions originally planned to tell Customs and Border Protection during a speech on the Mexican border that “it is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth," referencing "criminal organizations" like cartels.

The speech, and particularly that line, quickly gained traction on social media after the Justice Department emailed a transcript of the remarks as prepared to the press.

But when he delivered the speech in Nogales, Ariz., Sessions left off the end of the sentence and made some other tweaks. 

“They threaten the very integrity of our nations and our hemisphere. It is here on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system and to our peace and prosperity,” he said.

It is not uncommon for Sessions to go off-script when delivering remarks. The Department of Justice declined to comment on the departure from prepared remarks, but said: 

“As the Attorney General said in his statement, we must take a stand against filth like MS-13 and the cartels that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent people, and that profit by trafficking in drugs and people. It is unfortunate that there are misinformed people that think that we need to treat such violent criminals as if they deserve anything but the worse kind of condemnation.”