Senator Jeff Sessions was for years considered one of the most conservative politicians in Washington, and his early backing of Donald Trump meant that he was picked to be Attorney General in the Trump administration. One area where he and the President see eye to eye is on the issue of illegal immigration, and today his wrath is being felt, and met with resistance.
In a surprise announcement, Sessions spoke and sent a clear message to “sanctuary cities” (cities that refuse to enforce existing federal immigration law) – enforce the law or we’ll withhold funding.
“Today, I’m urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws. Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with 1373 as a condition for receiving those awards.”
The law Sessions is referring to is as follows –
8 U.S. Code § 1373 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
Considering the “communications with Russians” in today’s dialect infers some sort of secret or underhanded covert conversations with Russians conspiring to “rig” the election, when Sessions said “no”, it was correct. His meeting with a Russian diplomat was part of what many Senators do each and every year, with diplomats from Russia, China, Britain, Israel, etc. etc. The supposed Russian link has still evaded Democrats who are trying to label Trump as an illegitimate president by defaming members of his administration.
The latest attack, and the strange timing of it, (literally hours after Sessions made his immigration statement) should be taken with a grain of salt. Those who benefit from illegal immigrants and their labor are fighting to keep Sessions’ assaults at bay. They’ve gone so far as to set up a website calling for his resignation. The website begins with the aggressive statement, “Jeff Sessions lied about Russia: Attorney General Jeff Sessions met secretly with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. We cannot allow him to remain as Attorney General.”
Did Sessions “lie” to the Senate? And if so, was it done with malicious intent? If one were to buy into the narrative of the left, those answers would be yes, and yes. Yet, if one were objective…