AAMA Members signed the below letter led by Seattle, WA Mayor Ed Murray
Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:
We write to express our deep concerns about the record of President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General of the United States, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). We urge a thorough vetting of Sen. Sessions’ policy positions, especially those that we believe will be detrimental to the country’s progress towards becoming more inclusive and our cities’ efforts to create strong and safe communities.
Diversity is rapidly increasing in our cities, in part, due to immigration. We believe this growth and integration in our communities promotes a more vibrant economy and life for all our citizens. However, with changing demographics, we must also work to promote and encourage trust between the public and law enforcement. Senator Sessions’ legislative record lacks a commitment to these goals, and to upholding civil rights for all. And, as a result, we question whether Senator Sessions can fairly lead an agency charged with protecting the constitutional and civil rights of rights of all Americans.
Senator Sessions has consistently opposed bipartisan efforts to reform our immigration policies despite his consistent criticism of the status quo. Moreover, he opposes any path to citizenship for people illegally brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, known as Dreamers. Additionally, Senator Sessions has also aligned himself with several anti-immigration groups, such as NumbersUSA.
Given Senator Sessions’ history and the critical issues under the Department of Justice’s jurisdiction, we believe that Senator Sessions is unable to fairly enforce our nation’s laws and will not work to advance justice and equality. We encourage you to oppose Senator Sessions nomination to serve as Attorney General of the United States.
Mayor Ed Murray (Seattle, WA)
Mayor Sly James (Kansas City, MO)
Mayor Toni Harp (New Haven, CT)
Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco, CA)
Mayor Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis, MN)
Mayor Bill Bell (Durham, NC)
Mayor Leon Rockingham, Jr. (North Chicago, IL)
Mayor McKinley Price (Newport News, VA)
Mayor William Johnson (Holly Hill, SC)
Mayor Mario Avery (Fairburn, GA)
Mayor Jacqueline Goodall (Forest Heights, MD)
Mayor Harold Thompson (Union, South Carolina)
Mayor Beverly Young (Village of Vandalia, MI)
Mayor Wayne Messam (Miramar, FL)
Mayor Ras Baraka (Newark, NJ)
Mayor Adrian Mapp (Plainfield, NJ)