Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not refer to illegal immigrants Tuesday as “filth,” contrary to claims from a few media personalities.
Sessions delivered an address to a gathering of U.S. border agents. During his speech, the attorney general focused specifically on the issue of cartel violence in the United States.
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A copy of his prepared remarks called for him to refer specifically to the MS-13 and Los Zetas gangs, and to label their activities as “filth.” Though Sessions mentioned these infamous criminal enterprises in his speech, he didn’t use the word “filth.”
His larger point about cartel violence got lost, however, as certain members of the press soon tweeted out snippets of his remarks without the necessary context.
“Sessions to border agents, ‘It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth,'” Politico’s Josh Dawsey tweeted, linking to a Wall Street Journal report
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