NY Times - While serving as a United States prosecutor in Alabama, Mr. Sessions was nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship. But his nomination was rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee because of racially charged comments and actions. At that time, he was one of two judicial nominees whose selections were halted by the panel in nearly 50 years.
In testimony before the committee, former colleagues said that Mr. Sessions had referred to the N.A.A.C.P., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other civil rights groups as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.” An African-American federal prosecutor then, Thomas H. Figures, said Mr. Sessions had referred to him as “boy” and testified that Mr. Sessions said the Ku Klux Klan was fine “until I found out they smoked pot.” Mr. Sessions dismissed that remark as a joke.
Mr. Sessions was also accused of speaking disparagingly of the Voting Rights Act and the stringent oversight it placed on Southern states.
Washington Post - Sessions has opposed nearly every immigration bill that has come
before the Senate the past two decades that has included a path to
citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. He's also fought legal
immigration, including guest worker programs for illegal immigrants and
visa programs for foreign workers in science, math and high-tech. In
2007, Sessions got a bill passed essentially banning for 10 years
federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants.
"Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States," Sessions argued in a 2015 Washington Post op-ed. "... What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing
the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can
shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely
Here's Sessions in a
2015 hearing questioning Environmental Protection Agency's Gina
McCarthy: "Carbon pollution is CO2, and that’s really not a pollutant;
that’s a plant food, and it doesn’t harm anybody except that it might
include temperature increases."