No Senator has fought harder against the hopes and aspirations of Latinos, immigrants, and people of color than Sen. Sessions. He is a staunch opponent of legal immigration and someone who has blocked every effort to improve, modernize, and humanize our immigration system, which is two or three decades out-of-date. He ran for the Senate because he was deemed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as too racist to serve as a federal judge. He is the kind of person who will set back law enforcement, civil rights, the courts, and increase America’s mass incarceration industry and erase 50 years of progress."
Rep Luis V. Gutierrez, 11/16. Sessions Met with Russian Ambassador.
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Chicagoist|Rep. Gutierrez Rails Trump Appointment Of Jeff Sessions To AG: Chicagoist. Getty Images / Photo: John Moore A pretty handy rule of thumb, we find, is if David Duke or Joe Walsh wholeheartedly applauds a particular social-political move, it’s probably bad news. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4th), of Chicago, would seem to agree, as he blasted the patently blast-worthy President- elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Session to Attorney General. Gutierrez's righteously pissed statement is worth quoting in full: "If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man. Mic drop. Gutierrez has been decidedly full-throated in his condemnation of Trump and his recent moves. Of course in politics, there can be a thin line between ethical indignation and grandstanding.
Several Illinois lawmakers were quick to chastise Donald Trump for his pick of Steve Bannon as chief strategist. [H/T Crain's] Immigration primer for the 114th congress. Congress.gov> CONFIRMATION HEARINGS ON FEDERAL APPOINTMENTS. [Senate Hearing 111-695, Part 8] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] S. Hrg. 111-695, Pt. 8 CONFIRMATION HEARINGS ON FEDERAL APPOINTMENTS ======================================================================= HEARINGS before the COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION ---------- SEPTEMBER 29, and NOVEMBER 17, 2010 ---------- PART 8 ---------- Serial No.
J-111-4 ---------- Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary CONFIRMATION HEARINGS ON FEDERAL APPOINTMENTS S. Hrg. 111-695, Pt. 8 CONFIRMATION HEARINGS ON FEDERAL APPOINTMENTS ======================================================================= HEARINGS before the COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION __________ SEPTEMBER 29, and NOVEMBER 17, 2010 __________ PART 8 __________ Serial No. J-111-4 __________ Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary U.S. ACLU| The Confirmation Sessions. Groups Call for Delay in Hearing Schedule. KPBS | Sen. Jeff Sessions: Loyal To Trump, Defined By Race And Immigration. A lot has been said about the difficulty Donald Trump has had getting the Republican establishment behind him. But one man has always backed him in the Senate: Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
They're the odd couple of politics: a New York City tycoon and a guy from the deep South. One man is mild-mannered. The other, famous for bold exaggerations. But Trump and Sessions are linked by their shared hard-line view on one central issue: immigration. And Sessions too has had a controversial political career. Leading Senate Democrats accused Sessions years ago of being insensitive on issues of race. A Tiny Town on a Straight Spot in the Road Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III grew up two hours north of Mobile, Ala. in a tiny town called Hybart. When Sessions grew up in Hybart — during the 1950's and 60's — the town had about 10 homes. "Except for the train coming through on occasion, it was quiet. And Johnson says that insulation made for a very sheltered childhood. Copyright 2016 NPR. LATimes> Sen. Sessions on immigration bill's broken promises.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), right,… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…) The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors. Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers. Indeed, the two unions representing our nation's immigration and customs officers and those who process immigration applications have strongly urged opposition. The sponsors' promise of enforcement first was broken when lead sponsor Sen. Charles E. VIDEO OP-ED: Fighting for gay marriage and immigration reform Moreover, the bill allows the DHS or an immigration judge to stop any future deportation for humanitarian reasons, the public interest or family unity.
MJ> Attorney General Sessions Would Be Good News for Private Prisons. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP When Donald Trump's victory on election night became clear, the shares of the largest private prison corporations shot up. If the Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as the next attorney general in the coming weeks, the companies and their shareholders will have even more to celebrate. Last summer, the Justice Department announced it would stop contracting with the for-profit prison industry, whose facilities are more violent and less humane than government-run prisons. The horrors of private prisons are well documented.
The incoming Trump administration will likely be a boon to the flailing for-profit prison industry. The GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies, came under fire this fall after one of its subsidiaries donated $125,000 to a pro-Trump super-PAC. Sessions has repeatedly expressed support for private prisons over the past 20 years.
In the US Senate, Sessions has expressed support for private prisons. MJ> Step Aside, Steve King: Meet the Right's Most Powerful Immigration Foe. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call It wasn't long ago that Sen. Jeff Sessions was waging a lonely battle against comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News called the Alabama Republican a "lone wolf" in his dogged quest to kill the Senate's immigration reform bill, which passed the upper chamber in June 2013 on a 68-32 bipartisan vote. At one point, Sessions introduced an amendment to slash the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally—not even Texas firebrand Ted Cruz voted for it. But Sessions' days of fighting immigration reform from the sidelines are over.
Last week, he became chair of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration. The new face of Republican immigration policy has yet to make headlines like his anti-reform ally in the House, Rep. Sessions' new prominence could prove a public relations problem for the GOP heading into the next presidential campaign. Groups on the far right have celebrated Sessions' ascendance.
"Mr. Not Sessions. "Mr. NAACP LDF|Everything You Need to Know About Jeff Sessions. On November 18, 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will be his nominee for Attorney General of the United States. As head of the Department of Justice and the nation's top law enforcement official, the position of Attorney General is one of unparalleled power within the Executive Branch and has profound implications for civil rights.
The Attorney General must "ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice to all Americans," if that record indicates a lack of commitment to the constitutional principles of fairness, equality and the rule of law. Over the course of his career, Jeff Sessions has demonstrated time and again that he is unfit to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Below, find the information you need about Jeff Sessions, including fact sheets, analysis, commentary and more to serve as a vital source of information for all concerned Americans as this crucial confirmation battle unfolds. Background. NBC|John Lewis -We Must Not Be Silent (Full Interview) | Meet The Press. New Republic|Closed Sessions. On its own, the case might not have been enough to stain Sessions with the taint of racism, but there was more. Senate Democrats tracked down a career Justice Department employee named J. Gerald Hebert, who testified, albeit reluctantly, that in a conversation between the two men Sessions had labeled the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.”
Hebert said Sessions had claimed these groups “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” In his confirmation hearings, Sessions sealed his own fate by saying such groups could be construed as “un-American” when “they involve themselves in promoting un-American positions” in foreign policy. It got worse. During his nomination hearings, Sessions was opposed by the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, People for the American Way, and other civil rights groups. And yet, despite his record as U.S. By Sarah Wildman. MJ | In Sotomayor Hearings, Jeff Sessions Was Fixated on Discrimination Against White People. Charles Dharapak/AP With Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama set to face his Senate colleagues in confirmation hearings after being tapped by Donald Trump as attorney general, many comparisons are being made to the last time he sought confirmation, in 1986, when his nomination to a federal judgeship was derailed by numerous allegations that he had made racist remarks.
But another instructive precedent on Sessions' views on race comes from a much more recent set of confirmation hearings, when Sessions challenged the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. Republicans pushed back on President Barack Obama's 2009 nomination of Sotomayor by zeroing in on comments she had made about her Latina heritage. They raised fears about reverse discrimination, suggesting that as a justice, she would give unfair preference to minorities. Among her most vocal critics was Sessions. In that questioning, Sessions focused on two specific incidents in Sotomayor's 17-year record as a judge. Sessions: Ms. Politico> Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses Trump. Donald Trump won another major endorsement Sunday, surprising the political world when he walked onto the stage for a rally in Madison, Ala., with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. Two days ahead of Super Tuesday when 11 states will cast votes, Trump continues to dominate the national airwaves and demonstrate growing support from Republican elected officials.
Story Continued Below While New Jersey Gov. Sessions' endorsement is a major blow to Texas Sen. The pair of endorsements for Trump serves as an indication of a growing acceptance on both ends of the Republican Party that he, not Cruz or Marco Rubio or anyone else, is likely to be the GOP nominee. "I hate to say it, I'm becoming mainstream," joked Trump. Cruz has called Sessions “the strongest opponent of amnesty in the United States Congress,” and often mentions him and Iowa Rep. The endorsement came as Trump spoke at a rally at Madison City Schools Stadium. "He's really the expert as far as I'm concerned on borders, on so many things.
" WP|Facts about the voter fraud case that sank Jeff Sessions’s bid for a judgeship. (Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images) “Look, he’s going to need a very thorough vetting. Many of those statements, they’re old, but they’re still troubling. . . . There are lots of questions that have to be asked. Let me give you one that relates to the old statements: What does he intend to do with the Civil Rights Division? I wouldn’t want to support him unless I was convinced that we would still have a strong Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department.” — Sen.
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Nov. 20, 2016 “The case fell apart, and Sessions bluntly told me he ‘failed to make the case.'” — article in the Weekly Standard, Nov. 18, 2016 Sen. The Republican-controlled committee blocked Sessions’s nomination on a 10-to-8 vote; he was the second federal judicial nominee to be rejected by the Senate in 48 years.
Now, Sessions is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general and sits on the committee that rejected his judgeship. The Facts ‘The Marion Three’ WP | On immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions tries to halt the inevitable- Dana Milbank. Not since George Wallace, perhaps, has an Alabamian taken as passionate a stand for a lost cause as the one Jeff Sessions is taking now. Bipartisan immigration legislation is making its way inexorably through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although its ultimate fate is unclear, its passage by the committee is assured, and conservatives on the panel such as ranking Republican Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) are doing what they can to improve the bill. Even firebrands such as Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are holding fire. Then there’s Sessions. The wiry Southerner is on a one-man crusade to undo the compromise drafted by the Gang of Eight (four of whom, two Democrats and two Republicans, are colleagues on the committee).
He has dominated the four days of hearings to “mark up” the bill. As of midday Monday, he had spoken for two hours and 56 minutes — far longer than the second-place Grassley (2:24) and third-place Chuck Schumer of New York (1:38). “I’m highly offended!”