On February 8, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed the now-former Senator Jeff Sessions to be the 84th Attorney General of the United States. The vote to confirm Sessions was 52-47.
Prior to being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, Sessions served for 20 years as a United States Senator from Alabama. Prior to serving in the Senate, Sessions had been the Attorney General of Alabama and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
As the new Attorney General, Sessions will have a significant effect on immigration law. Sessions will be at the head of the Department of Justice, making him the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. Sessions will also be responsible for defending the United States government’s positions in court. In his capacity as Attorney General, Sessions will appoint the members of the Board of Immigration Appeals and the immigration judges.
Attorney General Sessions has a reputation for being a strong proponent of immigration enforcement. I look forward to posting a blog about his record and what his appointment means going forward in the near future.