WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 18, 2016) _ CASA vehemently opposes the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama for the position of Attorney General.
Sessions has built a reputation as an anti-immigrant advocate throughout his career. With his possible appointment, he will be at the center of a hard-right, anti-immigrant campaign that will spread panic across the nation for the undocumented community and disrupt the economy. Additionally, his past disregard for human rights are a complete contradiction to the position’s duty to safeguard the civil rights of all Americans.
“This is no way to create a working relationship with the opposition,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “To appoint a cadre of the most anti-immigrant, anti-minority candidates to the highest positions in power, is to thumb your nose at the majority of the country who voted for Hillary Clinton and the values of the Democratic Party.”
“Sessions is a dangerous man in this position,” Torres said. “He has voiced some of the most anti-immigrant rhetoric and proposals to come out of the Republican Party.”
Furthermore, in an economy with an admirable 4.9 percent unemployment rate, the elimination of workers who work many low-wage jobs in farming and other service industries will cause irreparable damage to the overall economy.
- He was named Amnesty International’s worst enemy in 2014: 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 immigrants.
- He’s also fought legal immigration, including guest worker programs for migrants and visa programs for foreign workers in science, math and high-tech (STEM). In 2007, Sessions got a bill passed essentially banning for 10 years federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants.
- Indications of racism: In 1986, a Senate committee denied Sessions, then a 39-year-old U.S. attorney in Alabama, a federal judgeship. His former colleagues 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.”
CASA is a Latino and immigrant organization and a national leader in building power and improving the quality of life in low-income Latino and immigrant communities. Its vision is for a future in which diverse and thriving communities live free from discrimination and fear, and work together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all. Over its 30-year history CASA has established itself as a strong national leader in innovations for Latino and immigrant-focused services, and backbone organization for collective impact involving community-based, government and private partners.