Latest Fact-checks on Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions stated on October 19, 2018 in a speech: An agreement between the city of Chicago and the ACLU caused "virtually all of the rise in homicides" in 2016. Jeff Sessions stated on July 26, 2018 in a speech: "One out of every 30 people in the Greater Boston area is an illegal alien." Jeff Sessions stated on June 25, 2018 in a speech: "Our courts find that 80 percent of those who do file for asylum aren’t qualified for it, do not merit that relief." Jeff Sessions stated on May 8, 2018 in remarks to a conference: A legal settlement that reined in Chicago police "resulted in approximately 236 additional victims killed and over 1,100 additional shootings in 2016 alone." Jeff Sessions stated on March 7, 2018 in a speech in Sacramento: "California won’t let law enforcement officers like you and your people transfer prisoners to ICE custody or even to communicate with ICE that you’re about to release them from your custody — people that ICE is looking for." Jeff Sessions stated on January 4, 2018 in a Justice Department memo: On rescinding Obama-era marijuana enforcement guidelines. Jeff Sessions stated on December 18, 2017 in a news conference: In Milwaukee, "murder is up an astonishing 57 percent." Jeff Sessions stated on November 14, 2017 in public testimony before Congress: "The violent crime rate has risen, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent in just two years, really after 30 years of decline in violent crime." Jeff Sessions stated on October 12, 2017 in a speech: In the U.S. asylum system, "claims of 'fear to return' have skyrocketed, and the percentage of claims that are genuinely meritorious are down." Jeff Sessions stated on September 5, 2017 in remarks at the Justice Department: Says President Barack Obama’s policy known as DACA "contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border." Jeff Sessions stated on August 7, 2017 in a press release: Chicago city officials "have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents." Jeff Sessions stated on July 21, 2017 in In a speech: Preliminary murder rates in Philadelphia "will put the murder rate at the highest of this decade in the city." Jeff Sessions stated on July 12, 2017 in a speech: "According to a recent study from the University of California Riverside, (sanctuary) cities with these policies have more violent crime on average than those that don’t." Jeff Sessions stated on June 13, 2017 in a congressional hearing: "It's a longstanding policy of the Department of Justice not to comment on conversations that the attorney general has had with the president of the United States." Jeff Sessions stated on April 28, 2017 in remarks to law enforcement officers in New York: District attorneys "have advertised that they will charge a criminal alien with a lesser offense than presumably they would charge a United States citizen, so they won’t be deported." Jeff Sessions stated on April 23, 2017 in an interview on ABC's This Week: Treasury Department's inspector general found "there's $4 billion a year in excess payments" going to people that shouldn’t get them. "These are mostly Mexicans." Jeff Sessions stated on March 27, 2017 in a press briefing: "Just last May, the Department of Justice inspector general found that these (‘sanctuary city’) policies also violate federal law." Jeff Sessions stated on July 18, 2016 in a speech at the Republican National Convention: "There are about 350,000 people who succeed in crossing our borders illegally each year." Jeff Sessions stated on July 18, 2016 in the GOP convention in Cleveland: Says Hillary Clinton "has been a champion of globalist trade agreements. ... Worst of all, they are now pushing the disastrous 5,000-page Obamatrade — the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement." Jeff Sessions stated on July 18, 2016 in a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland: "We have the lowest percentage of Americans actually holding a job in 40 years." Jeff Sessions stated on June 27, 2013 in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation”: The immigration bill "has a specific provision that says that Secretary Napolitano does not have to build any fence if she chooses not to." Jeff Sessions stated on April 14, 2013 in comments on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos": Says President Barack Obama "has allowed, each year he's been here, the prosecutions of gun cases (for background check failures) to go down. ... They've declined every year since President Bush left office." Jeff Sessions stated on June 28, 2010 in the Kagan confirmation hearing: "In her first appellate argument, Ms. Kagan told the court that the speech and press guarantees in the First Amendment would allow the federal government to ban the publication of pamphlets discussing political issues before an election." Jeff Sessions stated on May 16, 2010 in ABC's "This Week": Elena Kagan "violated the law of the United States at various points" with her opposition to military recruiters.