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Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Several outlets are reporting that Sen. Jeff Sessions has been offered the post of Attorney General. I’d have preferred the he stay in the Senate, where we’re going to need a knowledgeable, experienced hand to prevent any immigration bill(s) from drifting either left or toward Chamber-of-Commerce-ism, especially given that the cunning Chuck Schumer, architect of the Gang of Eight, will be minority leader. Cotton and Perdue are said to be ready to step up, and Cotton recently made clear he wants to reduce legal immigration, not just enforce existing law. I’m hopeful they can take over the tiller.

That said, there’s no one in the country better qualified to be Attorney General than Jeff Sessions. His probity and rectitude are beyond question. Reverence for the laws is his political religion, and the contrast between him and the blandly sinister Loretta Lynch couldn’t be starker. And for those skeptical of the president-elect, Sessions has both the integrity and the relationship with Trump to be able to say “no” if the president was ever to attempt anything beyond the pale legally.

In 1986, Sessions was Borked avant la lettre, with Ted Kennedy railing against his nomination for a federal judgeship with his usual grandiose lies about “a throwback to a shameful era.” The charges that Sessions was a racist were contemptible 30 years ago; the Democrats in the Senate and their media organs will only discredit themselves further by trying to recycle them now.

But recycle them they will. Thankfully, there may be only three or four people left who believe anything coming from the mainstream media.

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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