One day after President Trump fired U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Ryan Patrick extended his gratitude to the now-former attorney general, according to a news release.
“The Southern District of Texas (SDTX) extends its appreciation to Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions for his leadership of the Department of Justice during his tenure as Attorney General. He was a prosecutor’s prosecutor and unwavering in his support of US Attorneys as well as state & local law enforcement across the country,” the prepared statement read.
Patrick went on to praise Sessions for recommitting the office “to the rule of law, religious liberty, decreasing crime and attacking the opioid epidemic,” and for providing resources to the attorney’s office, including additional prosecutors to handle rising caseloads.
“We continue to aggressively enforce our nation’s immigration laws and attack violent crime, thereby keeping our communities safe in the SDTX,” Patrick said. “We will continue to effectuate the law enforcement priorities of President Donald J. Trump and look forward to working under the leadership of our next Attorney General.”
The Southern District of Texas comprises seven U.S. District Court divisions with federal district courts in Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.