In one of the more entertaining portions of the attorney general confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (C, 78%), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to attack Sessions’ character. What he got instead was a fiery crash course on the Constitution.
After a long, impassioned tirade against Senator Sessions’ voting record on immigration, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (F, 2%) made a request to the senator from Alabama:
“Senator Sessions, there is not a spot of evidence in your public career to suggest that as attorney general you would use the authority of that office to resolve the challenges of our broken immigration system in a fair and humane manner. Tell me I’m wrong.”
Without missing a beat, Sessions responded.
“Well, you are wrong, Senator Durbin. I am going to follow the laws passed by Congress.”
“I do believe,” Sessions continued, “that if you continually go through a cycle of amnesty, that you undermined the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America.”
“I believe the Americans spoke clearly in this election,” Sessions told Durbin. “I believe they agreed with my basic view. And I think it's a good view, a decent view, a solid legal view for the United States of America that we create a lawful system of immigration that allows people to apply to this country. If they are accepted, they get in; if they're not accepted, they don't get in.”
“I believe that's right and just and that the American people are right to ask for it,” Sen. Sessions concluded. “We have not delivered that for them.”
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Nate Madden is a Staff Writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religious freedom, jihadism, and the judiciary. He previously served as the Director of Policy Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A Publius Fellow, John Jay Fellow, Citadel Parliamentary Fellow and National Journalism Center alumnus, Nate’s writing has previously appeared in several religious and news publications. Follow him @NateMaddenCR and on Facebook.