If Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump‘s choice of attorney general, the Alabama Republican will have the chance to do something that he has long promoted to prosecute “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants.
This would amount to a total about-face of President Obama’s open immigration policies, that have even included his approval of extending voting rights to those who are here illegally.
Thanks to a ruling this year by an inspector general for the DOJ, Sessions would have the power to strip sanctuary cities of some of their federal funding, according to The Washington Times.
NumbersUSA, a group that lobbies for strict adherence to immigration law, is looking forward to a Session-run Justice Department.
“The sanctuary cities thing is huge,” Rosemary Jenks, the group’s government relations manager said. “I think most jurisdictions are going to fold like a cheap suit.”
But sanctuary jurisdictions may become emboldened by the extreme rhetoric and name-calling by immigrant rights groups.
“The agency would become the dispenser of terror and racial intolerance should Jeff Sessions be confirmed,” Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens said, according to The Times.
“The handful of people who might be even less equipped than Jeff Sessions to dispense justice on behalf of the American people typically spend their weekends wearing pointy hats and burning crosses,” said Charles Chamberlain, who heads Democracy for America.
Sessions was one of the earliest Trump supporters and remained loyal to the billionaire businessman throughout his campaign. In return, Sessions was offered pretty much his pick of posts in the new administration. Late last week he chose attorney general.
That decision earned the overwhelming support of the president-elect, who said of Sessions “He is a world-class legal mind.”
Notwithstanding Sessions’ membership in the Senate, Senate Democrats are poising for a battle during confirmation hearings.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they would scrutinize Trump’s cabinet appointments “very, very carefully,” including that of Sessions.
“What’s he going to do with the civil rights division, stuff like that,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “So it’s premature to make any decisions but, except to say a very thorough and tough vetting for a Senate colleague, as well as for anybody else.”
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