Washington: Attorney General Jeff Sessions today defended the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, pointing out that authorities were likely to first target “criminal elements” who have entered the US unlawfully.
“I believe that everyone that enters the country unlawfully is subject to being deported; however, we don’t have the ability to round up everybody and there’s no plans to do that,” Sessions told ABC News.
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“But we’re going to focus first, as the president has directed us, on the criminal element. We have got to get that under control,” he said. “(But) there’s no doubt the president has sympathy for young people who were brought here at early ages.”
Sessions said the recent executive order of Trump, which has been successfully challenged in courts, is lawful.
“He knows the threats to this country. He is responsible for protecting America. This order is lawful,” he said.
“It’s within his authority
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