Skip to the 13:05 mark to hear Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments on Dominican immigrants.
A 2006 speech by Jeff Sessions from the Senate floor is getting renewed attention now that the Alabama politician has been announced as President-elect Donald Trump’s Attorney General. At the time, he was being called out for racist thoughts and politics. Back in 1986, Session was deemed too racist to serve as a federal judge when he said that two civil rights groups were un-American for shoving civil rights down the American people’s throats. Now, 30 years later, he is still being called out on his racist rhetoric, this time against Dominican immigrants specifically.
“Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society,” Sessions said when talking about an immigration reform bill. “They come in because some other family member of a qualified relation is here as a citizen or even a green card holder. That is how they get to come. They are creating a false document to show these are relatives or their spouses and they are married when it is not so.”
New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was quick to call out Jeff Sessions for his racist rhetoric.
Today I joined Assembly Member-Elect Carmen De La Rosa in condemning the ignorant comments made by Senator and… https://t.co/so26dDxHD6
— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) November 20, 2016
“It’s offensive,” Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who represents predominately Dominican neighborhoods like Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill, said at a press conference, according to the NY Daily News. “Whoever is going to be the Attorney General has to be someone who respects and is fair and is neutral to all groups.”
Newly elected New York State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa joined Rodriguez on his attack of Sessions.
— Carmen De La Rosa (@CnDelarosa) November 21, 2016
“We have members in our community who are prestigious doctors, who are professors, who are lawyers, who are…public servants just like Mr. Sessions,” De La Rosa, who represents District 72 in the New York State Assembly, said in the same press conference, according to NY Daily News.
And it isn’t just the politicians that are upset with Sessions’ comments on Dominican immigrants.
Sen. Jeff Sessions said Dominicans are coming here w no skill that helps U.S. As a proud Dominican-American – Jeff… TU MALDITA MADRE! ??
— Wolf Hudson (@WolfHudsonIsBad) November 20, 2016
People. Are. Not. Happy.
This makes me so angry. Dominicans are the absolute nicest people. They contribute to this country more than many white people I know. https://t.co/etYCsBdfEp
— Jo (@thefrndlyghst) November 19, 2016
They’re showing Sessions just what Dominican immigrants offer the U.S.
Skills and hard work. I know so many hard-working educated Dominican profesionals in NY and beyond. We won't allow Jeff Sessions drag us.
— Lori Lombert (@loriabys) November 19, 2016
And a few are showing the world that his racist ideals from 1986 haven’t magically disappeared.
— Darryl Forten (@darryl_forten) November 19, 2016