Shortly after swearing in Attorney General, Jeff Sessions US President, Donald Trump on Thursday signed three new executive orders that he said are “designed to restore safety in America.”
One of the orders, aimed at “reducing crime and restoring public safety,” directs the newly appointed attorney general to establish a new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.
The Task Force will develop “strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime,” propose new legislation, and submit at least one report to the President within the next year.
The second executive order is aimed at combating transnational drug cartels, prescribes steps for various federal agencies to “increase intelligence” sharing among law enforcement partners. The order also instructs an existing inter-agency working group to submit a report to Trump within four months detailing the progress made in combating criminal organisations, “along with any recommended actions for dismantling them.”
Finally, Trump signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to use existing federal law to prosecute those who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.