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Sam Stein reports, in the top story on Huffington Post Politics today:
Since becoming the top ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions’ record has been almost solely analyzed for tealeaves on how he will approach Barack Obama’s forthcoming Supreme Court nomination.
The Judiciary Committee, however, has a far broader purview than simply the consideration of judiciary picks, all of which Sessions will hold heavy influence over. On Thursday, the Alabama Republican’s resume in regards to one of those other fields — immigration reform — was placed under the microscope by the immigration reform group America’s Voice.
Read the full report that places Senator Sessions squarely within John Tanton’s network of anti-immigrant organizations and individuals with ties to white nationalism. Below’s a brief snapshot:
A history of hate:
The leading GOP Senator on the Judiciary Committee has aligned himself with people and entities that bash immigrants and make hate a priority.
What Sessions has said:
Sessions has used the Senate as a bully pulpit from which to spew anti-immigrant rhetoric. His voting record is solidly anti-immigrant, but his speeches truly give him away. In a June 27, 2007 floor statement on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Sessions played the “terrorist” card. In that same floor statement on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Sessions also called the bill the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007.”
Sessions’ courtship of anti-immigrant extremism:
Last year, NumbersUSA named Sessions its “2008 Defender of the Rule of Law.” On May 5, 2009, NumbersUSA issued a press release welcoming Sessions’ ascension to his new role on the Senate Judiciary, claiming the Alabama Senator is the “the No. 1 champion for the American workers on immigration issues.” NumbersUSA’s claim is clearly not consistent with Sessions’ anti-labor voting record.