Justice Department Seeks More Funds for Law Enforcement While Squeezing Civil Rights
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A reorganization sends more money to prosecutors, DEA agents, and immigration courts.
The Justice Department is requesting increased spending to fight violent crime and address illegal immigration while squeezing the resources of its Civil Rights Division, which works to protect Americans from discrimination.
“The Department of Justice has the noble task of keeping the American people safe from drugs, gangs, and terrorists, and this budget proposal reflects our commitment to do just that,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Monday following the release of the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2019.