Assemblymember Pichardo: Sessions’ Appointment an Insult to Minority Communities

February 9, 2017

“As the son of Dominican immigrants, I know that people come to this country in search of a better life because America promises opportunity, freedom and liberty for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. But the Senate directly threatened that promise when it confirmed Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general.

“As attorney general, Sessions’ job is to uphold the law for all of us, even if it means going against the president. However, a look at his career – which is littered with accusations of racial bias¬ – raises serious concerns that Sessions will not only fail to represent our community, but rather that he and the Department of Justice will actively work against us.

“The allegations of racial bias and politically motivated prosecutions tanked Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986. If he wasn’t fit to be a federal judge, he most certainly is not fit to be our attorney general. While federal judges have struck down Trump’s Muslim ban for being unconstitutional, Sessions has stood behind it from the very beginning. These are not the actions and values of someone who will make sure that our multicultural communities here in the Bronx and throughout our nation are respected.

“Sessions’ actions could have deep and long-lasting ramifications, especially when it comes to immigration and voting. But here in the Bronx, we know that our diversity is our greatest strength, and we won’t let him break us. That’s why I voted in favor of an immigration package earlier this week strengthening protections for immigrants and passing the DREAM Act. I will remain vigilant in protecting our freedoms and ask you do the same, because now is the time to stand up for our families, friends and neighbors and resist hatred and bigotry.”