With record numbers of illegals pouring over the border, a lot of the criminally inclined immigrants seek out sanctuary cities to protect them. If Sessions gets in office, he plans on targeting these very cities. His confirmation isn’t going to come easy though. Democrats are already promising a hard fight, because of his stance on illegal immigration.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is on record saying so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants should be prosecuted. He himself may get that chance next year.
Mr. Sessions is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general, and if he’s confirmed — a very large if, at this point — he will mark a 180-degree turn from the Obama administration on a host of issues, but nowhere more so than on immigration, where he’s been the Senate’s leading crackdown proponent.
From his first day in office, Mr. Sessions will have the power to strip some federal funding from sanctuary cities, thanks to rulings this year by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who said federal law requires localities to cooperate with immigration agents — and who provided an initial list of a handful of the worst offenders.
“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 advocates stopped just shy of calling Mr. Sessions a member of the 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.
Mr. Sessions was a strong ally of Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign, and was given his pick of posts as a reward. He was deciding between defense secretary and attorney general, and late last week he went with the latterlatter.
“He is a world-class legal mind,” Mr. Trump said in nominating him.
Democrats are already signaling a bruising confirmation fight, saying that even though he’s a senator — a position that usually secures speedy approval — they’ll put him through the wringer because of his staunch conservative positions.