“In December, after presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims’ entering the country, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a ‘sense of the Senate’ resolution affirming that the United States must not bar people from the country because of their religion. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) — a member of the Judiciary Committee, along with Leahy — voted against the resolution and delivered a 30-minute oration urging fellow senators to join him. The resolution, he warned, would make global migration to the United States a ‘human right.’ It would mean, he said, that the United States ‘could not favor for entry the moderate Muslim cleric over the radical Muslim cleric.’ Or that a foreign cleric overseas could demand a tourist visa to deliver a sermon denouncing the U.S. Constitution ‘and claim religious discrimination’ if it was not approved.”

Source: Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashima. “Jeff Sessions is expected to bring sweeping changes to the Justice Department.” The Washington Post. November 18, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jeff-sessions-is-expected-to-bring-sweeping-changes-to-the-justice-department/2016/11/18/f480019c-ad93-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html


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