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Jeff Sessions

Former U.S. Attorney General (DOJ)

Resigned: 11-07-2018

Who is Jeff Sessions?

Jeff Sessions set the administration’s law enforcement priorities from February 2017 to his resignation in November 2018. But Jeff Sessions’s anti-immigration policies lived on, particularly in the Trump-Pence administration's efforts to keep Latin American immigrants from entering and staying in the United States. Before joining the administration, Jeff Sessions had a long record of bias against immigrants, racial prejudice, attacks on reproductive rights, and hostility to protecting the right to vote. As a senator, Sessions voted six times to block people from health care services at Planned Parenthood.

“I firmly believe that Roe v. Wade and its descendants represent one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time.”

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What Jeff Session Controlled at the DOJ

U.S. Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is a federal executive department of the U.S. government responsible for enforcing federal laws, protecting the rights of the American people, and ensuring fair and transparent courts.

Policies Jeff Sessions controlled

LGBTQ+ Rights

Legal Status for Dreamers

Detention of Pregnant Immigrants

2020 Census

Separating Immigrant Families


Public Benefits for Immigrants

Immigrant Access to Abortion

Background on Jeff Sessions

Controlling Undocumented Women’s Access to Abortion

Jeff Sessions defended unconstitutional efforts by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to control young undocumented women’s reproductive health care decisions.

The Hill
A History of Racism

Jeff Sessions was once denied a federal judgeship based on accusations of racism.

Washington Post
Ending Protections for Trans Students

Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama administration's anti-discrimination protections for transgender students.

New York Times
Opposing the Violence Against Women Act

Jeff Sessions opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which aimed to create new protections for LGBTQ people and Native Americans.

Eliminating DACA

Under Jeff Sessions’ leadership, the Department of Justice worked to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would take away the rights and dignity of 800,000 immigrant youth.

Pew Research Center
Why Did Jeff Sessions Resign?

Jeff Sessions resigned in November 2018 under pressure from President Trump after refusing to recuse himself from overseeing the federal investigation into the 2016 election. But Jeff Sessions’ policy lived on. Experts say Sessions’ most enduring legacy will be how he reshaped immigration courts to increase immigrants’ likelihood of losing their cases and  getting deported.


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