Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

Speaking of priorities, no less important a person than the current Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has been spending her time fretting over whether the Constitution of the United States ought be invoked as a basis to involve the Justice Department in the "transgendered bathroom" debate that began flourishing this year. So far we have seen only a few of President-elect Donald Trump's choices.

While marijuana legalization and medical cannabis won big on Election Night, the specter of Sessions as the nation's top law enforcement official has advocates anxious about a crackdown. Sessions favors limiting the number of refugees coming into the US and turning away children who arrive at the border alone who are attempting to reunite with families living in the U.S.

As attorney general, Sessions would oversee federal prosecutors as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"The attorney general has a lot of power when it comes to immigration", said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell law school.

"Once again the president-elect has demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of how the government makes these kinds of decisions", Vladeck said. A black assistant USA attorney accused Sessions of referring to him as "boy". The Trump White House can rescind the policy that protects these young immigrants, and as attorney general, Sessions could provide legal guidance to defend Trump's actions, which would put more than 700,000 people at risk of being deported. Pro-Trump marijuana community members should have realized what was going to happen before the Sessions appointment was announced because marijuana reform is about so much more than dollars. The agency has since become part of the newly created Homeland Security Department. If a local police officer employed excessive or deadly force against an individual without justification and, for example, based on racial discrimination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be called on to investigate and if the elements of a case were present, the U.S. Attorney would prosecute; occasionally attorneys from the Civil Rights Division at the Department might become involved.

Immigration judges are chosen by the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

"Sen. Sessions will be a champion for the Constitution and the rule of law".

"The challenge for an incoming administration is always to make those policy changes without making law enforcement look like a purely political undertaking", said William Yeomans, who worked in the division for more than two decades.

Sen. Jeff Sessions is not the first Trump appointee to receive heavy criticism related to racist controversies.

Immigration advocates are preparing to go it alone.

During hearings this year, he's said "good people don't smoke marijuana" and also criticized as risky Justice Department policies that he said raise too high the standard to prosecute cases. The parties in the case can wait years for a final ruling.

Immigration courts have been understaffed for more than a decade, creating a huge backlog of cases in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and NY. But marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, illegal under federal law for medicinal or recreational use and distribution.

The battle over Greenetrack hit the doorsteps of Alabama's attorney general Tuesday. Testimony from that time, which has now become widely reported as evidence of Session's racism, include allegations that he often used the N-word, and said that he thought the KKK was OK until he learned that some of them smoked marijuana.

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