Today, in an action to further uphold the rule of law in the executive branch, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice from issuing guidance documents that have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law. The memo prevents the Department of Justice from evading required rulemaking processes by using guidance memos to create de facto regulations.
Thank you, General Meese, for those kind words, and thank you for your service to this country.  I believe that you are one of the greatest Attorneys General ever to serve.  I keep your picture on the wall of our conference room as a reminder of the example that you set for me and for all of your predecessors.  
Thank you so much Jon for that kind introduction and to Svetlana Gans and David Gelfand for their help in organizing this year’s Fall Forum.  I appreciate the opportunity to address such an experienced audience of antitrust practitioners, academics, enforcers, and experts.  The welcome letter for this Fall Forum raises an important question that I’ve been hearing a lot lately.  Given last year’s election, it asks: “how does antitrust fare in the required reduction in federal regulations?”  I certainly support limited government and a reduction in regulation.  But what does that mean for the enforcement of the antitrust laws?  Today, with your permission, I’ll discuss two related answers to that question.
The theme of this year’s Fall Forum is antitrust enforcement predictability. One aspect of antitrust enforcement has been entirely too predictable in recent years: Merger reviews take a long time. And the amount of time is getting longer, not shorter. I’m Don Kempf, the Antitrust Division’s DAAG for Litigation, and I’d like to address that.
Thank you, J. R. for that kind introduction.  I am grateful for your leadership of the Chicago Crime Commission. Your organization unites private citizens and law enforcement in a great partnership that has battled crime in Chicago for almost a century. It is a pleasure to celebrate this pioneering and historic crime-fighting organization and to honor your award recipients. 
Thank you, Mickey and Erica, for that kind introduction and to NACWA [National Association of Clean Water Agencies] for inviting me to kick off your National Water Enforcement workshop. I appreciate the opportunity today to discuss the work of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division or “ENRD.” Having now led ENRD as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for nearly ten months, I have come to even more fully appreciate what a powerful force for good ENRD is in our country—both through our work to protect clean water, clean air, and clean land, and through our defense of the rule of law and good governance by our client agencies. The Division is focused on its unique roles and responsibilities under federal law; implementation of President Trump’s infrastructure, energy, national security, and regulatory reform programs; and the law enforcement agenda of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials today announced the results of stepped up efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the department to target and dismantle MS-13 – culminating in the arrest of 267 in the United States and overseas.
The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Washington Potato Company, which operates the Freeze Pack vegetable processing plant located in Pasco, Washington. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Washington Potato discriminated against work-authorized immigrants when verifying their employment authorization, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).


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