Source: Baltimore Sun
Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears determined to inflict as much pain as possible in his efforts to deter immigrants from gaining entrance into the country. He supports the practice of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children, and this week he eliminated fear of gangs and fear of domestic violence as grounds for granting asylum to foreign nationals who show up at our borders.
In Slate, Jamelle Bouie chronicles Sessions’ record of hostility toward immigrants, including those who are allowed to ask for asylum in the United States. Sessions opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and, like President Trump, he has associated immigration with criminality. By all accounts, Sessions appears to be obsessed with immigrants, and his passion for the draconian seems to be about something more than the rule of law.
“We have never been so rich, and never been so mean,” a friend said during a recent discussion of the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration. Sessions, a Republican former senator from Alabama, has been right in the thick of it, doing Trump’s bidding and then some, to keep the country’s populace from becoming browner.
When he announced the new policy on domestic violence and threats from gangs, Sessions took direct aim at people moving north from Central America through Mexico, particularly women who have been sexually and physically abused. Such a change in the asylum policies should outrage every citizen who still sees the immigrant narrative as part of the American story.