United Farm Workers

 

Stop anti-immigrant Sen. Sessions from becoming Attorney General

When Donald Trump began his candidacy for President, he began by comparing Mexican immigrants to rapists. He went on to support infamous racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, Arizona. Now, Trump has announced his intention to appoint nativist Senator Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.  

Dianne Feinstein will be the 2017-18 ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the first things that can come to her committee is the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Senator Feinstein has long been one of the UFW’s champions on immigration reform, which is critical to farm workers. The Republican Chair of the committee Senator Grassley is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the hearing. As the Ranking member we have confidence Senator Feinstein will demand that Chair Senator Grassley conduct a fair hearing. BUT the easiest way to defeat Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General is to get at least half of the Senators on the Judiciary committee to oppose his nomination. Send your message today to Sen. Feinstein encouraging her to lead a coalition of Senators to block the nomination of Trump’s pick Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Sen. Sessions has been reported as the most anti-immigrant Senator in the chamber. He has built his reputation by waging an all out war against any opportunities for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. His efforts were central to killing key bipartisan immigration reform bills both in 2007 and again in 2013. Sessions has opposed nearly every immigration bill that has come before the Senate the past two decades that has included a path to citizenship for farm workers that feed this country.  

This isn’t the first time Sessions was up for a federal post. His record on race is so disturbing, that in 1986, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be a federal judge after witnesses testified about his extreme racism. In his confirmation hearings, a Justice Department official said Sessions had called the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union "un-American" groups that "forced civil rights down the throats of people."  A former colleague testified Sessions used the n-word and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they were “okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.” But the Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich, who tracks hate speech, said Sessions is guilty of it, and that his mere presence in Trump's inner circle is “a tragedy for American politics.”

The Attorney General will be responsible for continuing to pursue the case against now former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Federal Prosecutors have charged former Sheriff Arpaio with criminal contempt of court, saying he willfully defied a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos -- including citizens and legal immigrants -- in traffic stops and other law enforcement efforts, behavior a Federal judge showed a pattern of discriminatory policing.

How can we count on an Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure new Americans get fair and equal protections under the law?

Sen. Sessions' legislative record is appalling as well: Sen. Sessions has voted against immigration reform, voting rights and LGBTQ equality and has worked to ban abortion, defund Planned Parenthood and advocated for big banks and big corporations. Sessions also chose to vote against President Obama’s supremely well qualified Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

I’m sure you agree with us that there is no way Sen. Sessions should be Attorney General. However, the only way to block his nomination is if Senators who support equal justice under the law push back with every tool at their disposal. Sen. Sessions is a sitting senator, and it is reported some Senators already seem to be extending him a collegial benefit of the doubt. We’re worried some Senators, and in particular Democrats, will try to make peace with the Trump Administration by giving in.

Click the button to the right to send your message telling Sen. Feinstein her committee is the first step to stopping this throwback to an ancient era from allowing racism to be written into law once again.