Stunning, I know. Sessions is flogging a bill that would forbid the Department of Justice from suing states that pass draconian immigration laws. The DOJ says state laws interfere with federal enforcement. Well, duh. Fifty states with fifty different laws would make an already tangled mess a whole lot worse.
At the same time, he's trying to get the Feds to go after Cook County, Illinois, and other localities for refusing to detain "suspected illegal immigrants" who get arrested beyond the time when they would otherwise be released.
Sessions on Wednesday said he was asking that the federal government "consider taking action against Cook County and other local jurisdictions that purposefully and deliberately undermine the laws of the United States and offer sanctuary to illegal aliens who have broken our laws by entering the country illegally."
Supporters of Alabama's HB56 and similar bills claim they wouldn't be necessary if only the Feds would "do their job". If that's really the case, I'm not sure why interfering with the federal government is perfectly fine when it tears apart families and leaves crops rotting in the fields — but all wrong when cash-strapped localities refuse to keep suspected undocumented immigrants in jail until ICE gets around to picking them up.
Of course, one of those approaches denies the humanity of undocumented immigrants, and the other one doesn't. I guess that explains it.
Cross-posted at Birmingham Blues.