Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions is Attorney General

  • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III grew up in Hybart, AL (two hours north of Mobile) Small town with 10 houses, K-12 rode bus for white kids only. School was segregated. Father ran country store & Sessions helped out and played football (small but tenacious linebacker). 1981 Reagan appointed him US Attorney in Mobile, prosecuted three black civil rights workers for voter fraud, zero convictions. 1986 Reagan tapped him for federal district court judge. "During confirmation a Justice Department lawyer alleged that Sessions had called the NAACP "Communist-inspired" and "un-American." One witness said Sessions once referred to a white civil rights lawyer as a "disgrace to his race." And a black prosecutor who worked closely with him testified that Sessions had called him "boy." Sessions denied all of this at the hearing." He was voted down. His defining issue today is immigration today. He opposes a legal path to citizenship, backs Trump's plan for a wall and supports limiting legal immigration to protect American jobs. (NPR
  • Popular in Alabama. Aside from his first election he has never won with less than 59 percent of the vote and in 2014 he ran unopposed. (Washington Post)
  • His voting positions on the issues (OnTheIssues.org)
  • Received $35,750 from the NRA to vote against gun reform (US Uncut)
  • voted to expand the health coverage of fetuses at the expense of their mother's coverage. (MotherJones)
  • Sessions is co-sponsoring the euphemistically named bill, S.1598 - First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which will roll back LGBT rights in housing, employment, health care, and protections against violence and opposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. (Forbes)
  • Human Rights Campaign report on Sessions (HRC)

Timeline

Analysis

Though most of the focus has been on Sessions' history of racism, Sessions has been one of the Senate's most vocal anti-immigration proponents. He has taken a stance against immigration bills providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and fought to slow the pace of legal immigrants "so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together." He has also stated that President Obama's Justice Department flouted the will of Congress by failing to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. The Los Angeles Times cites hiring tougher immigration judges, stepping up prosecutions of low-level immigration-law violations, and cutting off law enforcement funds to cities that don't cooperate with a harsher immigration policy as just three steps Sessions could pursue as Attorney General.

Assessments

Eliana Johnson — The National Review

On Aug. 6, 2014, discussed Sessions record on immigration

Sessions, 67, is a low-profile guy. Though he is not well known nationally, he has for years now been the instrumental force in quashing repeated attempts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. He has a gentle, almost grandfatherly quality, but he doesn’t shy away from combat. He derided the 2007 bill as “no illegal alien left behind”; in a single press conference, he blasted it as a “colossal error,” an “absolute scandal,” and a “fiscal disaster.” He declared: “Good fences make good neighbors.”

Frank Sharry — America's Voice

Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, Frank Sharry, on Jan. 9, 2017, said

Anyone who votes to confirm Sessions as Attorney General must realize they would then own every action he takes in office.”