Sessions omits line calling gangs ‘filth’ from immigration crackdown speech

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.

{mosads}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.”

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