President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, will pledge in his opening statement in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing to protect the lives of the most vulnerable Americans, including blacks and members of the LGBT community, according to a preview of his remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The Department of Justice must never falter in its obligation to protect the civil rights of every American, particularly those who are most vulnerable. A special priority for me in this regard will be aggressive enforcement of our laws to ensure access to the ballot for every eligible American voter, without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process,” a readout of Sessions’ prepared remarks states.

“I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the LGBT community.”

The four-term senator will commit to “systematically prosecute” those involved in gun-related crimes. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and Alabama attorney general is expected to tout his record as a national leader in gun prosecutions every year. As a senator, Sessions and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., cosponsored a bill to reduce penalties for crack possession in response to concerns that African-Americans had been overwhelmingly targeted in the sentencing measure.

Sessions will vow to enhance cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement in order to improve the takedown of drug trafficking cartels and gangs. The “flood” of illegal drugs entering the country through the southern border is to blame for the heroin epidemic in the U.S., he will say. If confirmed, one of Sessions’ priorities would be prosecuting repeat illegal entrants, some of whom are involved with the cartels.

In addition to improving communication between law enforcement agencies, Sessions will reassure police that they will have the full support of the Justice Department.

“In the last several years, law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the actions of a few bad actors and for allegations about police that were not true. They believe the political leadership of this country abandoned them. They felt they had become targets. Morale has suffered,” the prepared remarks state.

“If we are to be more effective in dealing with rising crime, we will have to rely heavily on local law enforcement to lead the way. To do that, they must know that they are supported. If I am so fortunate as to be confirmed as attorney general, they can be assured that they will have my support.”

While crime as a whole has decreased since the early 1980s, Sessions will decry the 11 percent annual increase in murders from 2014 to 2015. The senator will reiterate his plan to strengthen the partnership between federal and local officers as a way to combat some of these rising crime trends.

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