In a Thursday evening statement, Sessions said:
The Attorney General is the top law enforcement position in government. But Mr. Holder’s DOJ has taken numerous actions that have weakened the rule of law in America, and none more dramatically than his political actions that have undermined the immigration laws of the United States. Amazingly, he declared amnesty to be a "civil right" for individuals who entered or remained illegally in the country. Behind the back of the American people, the Justice Department negotiated an agreement with the ACLU to allow deported illegal immigrants to return to the U.S. He reduced prosecutions of illegal immigrants required by the proven Operation Streamline program. He is using tax dollars to provide lawyers for unlawful immigrants. And the President has stated that he is depending on the Attorney General, along with Homeland Security Secretary, to advise him on developing and implementing an executive amnesty.
Sessions noted that the Senate Democrats have played as a team to protect Obama's planned executive amnesty—something the president delayed until after the upcoming midterm election so as to not hurt vulnerable Senate Democrats seeking re-election—but if the president carries through with his plans it would cause an even greater surge in illegal immigration.
"This illegal executive amnesty—which the Senate Democrat Caucus has worked together to protect—would destroy immigration enforcement in America," Sessions said. “It would wipe away the moral authority for our immigration laws and invite a flood of new illegal immigration.”
For those reasons, Sessions said every U.S. Senator should oppose that nominee unless the forthcoming nominee to replace Holder explicitly rejects Obama's planned executive immigration actions.
"We need someone at the Department of Justice who will restore fidelity to our national laws and boundaries," Sessions said. "No Senator should vote to confirm anyone to this position who does not firmly reject the President’s planned executive amnesty—or any other scheme to circumvent our nation’s immigration laws—and who does not pledge to serve the laws and people of the United States.”
With Sessions throwing down the gauntlet like this, this type of a pledge against voting for any attorney general nominee who doesn’t explicitly and publicly reject Obama's planned executive amnesty as a Holder replacement could become a wedge issue in the final 40 days of the 2014 midterm election season.