Sunday, August 08, 2010

Jeff Sessions' Constitutional Confusion

"I don't think the founders understood when they did the 14th amendment that they would create a circumstance where people could fly into America, all over the world and have a child and that child would have dual citizenship, fly back to their home countries. It has been clearly abused."

- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), August 2010

"So when President Obama announces his next Supreme Court nominee, the American people will want to know whether he is choosing someone who is committed to the text of the Constitution and the vision of the Founding Fathers, or whether his nominee is an activist who will shed a judge's neutral, constitutional role to push a progressive policy agenda. . .
Consider Goodwin Liu, the University of California at Berkeley professor whom the president nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Liu has argued that judges should treat the Constitution as an infinitely flexible document to be interpreted through nebulous "social understandings" and the consideration of foreign law."

- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), May 2010

People do not believe you should be able to break into America, have a baby and then the baby becomes a citizen, and the whole family says, ‘We can’t go home. My child is a citizen. It’s an unfair way to gain priority in the application for legal immigration into America.”

- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), August 2010

"The American people want judges who impartially follow the text of the Constitution. They reject judges who use their power to impose their own political views — liberal or conservative — on the nation."

- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), July 2010

"The Constitution is not as clear as it first appears. I continue to hear good Americans explain to me they think it makes no sense."

- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), August 2010

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