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Published On: Fri, Feb 10th, 2017

Jeff Sessions’ ‘extremist record’ attacked by Hispanic Group without evidence

Ahead of the confirmation of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Voto Latino, the leading civic media organization empowering American Latino millennials, released a statement by CEO Maria Teresa Kumar  calling the AG and “extremist”: Jeff Sessions’ Extremist Record Casts Doubt that He Can Uphold Civil Rights for All Americans:

“Sessions will not be the people’s lawyer and will not serve as an independent check on the Republican Administration’s agenda and protect the most vulnerable,” Kumar is quoted as saying in the statement, but no examples were given.

They cite their petition with “more than 1 millio” signatures, “Each signature represents an American who is fearful of the future of our country in which Sen. Sessions is the chief law enforcement official.”

Jeff Sessions

Fearful? Must be because of his “anti-immigrant record” which” brings about fear of increased immigrant intimidation, violations of human rights as cited by Amnesty International and racial profiling.”

Kumar claims Session is a “threat to voters of color, our military personnel and older voters” as “he favors extreme voter suppression policies and unnecessary restrictive voter ID laws.”
There are no specific votes or measures list by Kumar or the referenced Amnesty International opposition (see the next pages for those transcripts)

Sessions has been very opposed to AMNESTY for illegal immigrants, garnering the title of “amnesty’s worst enemy” by National Review in 2014. “Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States,” Sessions argued in a 2015 Washington Post op-ed. ” . . . What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together.”

Illinois’ Dick Durbin confronted Sessions on the topic during the confirmation hearing: “Sen. Sessions, there’s not a spot of evidence in your public career to suggest that as attorney general you would use the authority of that office to resolve the challenges of our broken immigration system in a fair and humane manner. Tell me I’m wrong.”

“Well, you are wrong, Sen. Durbin.” Sessions added:

I’m going to follow the laws passed by Congress. As a matter of policy we disagreed on some of those issues. I do believe that if you continually go through a cycle of amnesty that you undermine the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America. I believe the American people spoke clearly in this election. I believe they agreed with my basic view, and I think it’s a good view, a decent view, a solid legal view for the United States of America that we create a lawful system of immigration that allows people to apply to this country and if they’re accepted they get in, if they’re not accepted they don’t get in, and I believe that’s right and just and the American people are right to ask for it.

Watch the exchange on the last page.

Ideology and philosophy aside, there is nothing proving that Sessions’ time in the Senate or his voting record warrant such attacks and name calling.

photo/ Mary Pahlke via pixabay

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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