Liberals were furious last week when it was revealed that Donald Trump has picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Now, their anger has switched to panic, as it’s been revealed that Sessions has gone on record saying that “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants should be prosecuted.
The Washington Times reported that as attorney general, Sessions will have the power to strip some federal funding from sanctuary cities. This is thanks to rulings made earlier this year by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who announced that federal law requires localities to cooperate with immigration agents. He also released an initial list of a handful of the worst offenders.
“The sanctuary cities thing is huge. I think most jurisdictions are going to fold like a cheap suit,” said Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager at NumbersUSA, a group that fights for stricter immigration laws.
Some sanctuary cities have already said that they will resist efforts to change their behavior and are calling for Senate Democrats to deny Sessions as attorney general. Immigration activists have joined them in this call.
“The agency would become the dispenser of terror and racial intolerance should Jeff Sessions be confirmed,” said Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Other activists basically called Sessions a member of the racist Ku Klux Klan.
“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, head of Democracy for America, a liberal pressure group.
Trump has stood by Sessions despite the backlash, saying he has a “world-class legal mind.”
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