Press Statement

NCLR Opposes Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

November 18, 2016

Enrique Chaurand
(816) 825-1072

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today announced its opposition to the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. attorney general. The nomination was announced earlier today by President-elect Donald Trump.

“We believe that any president should have broad latitude in appointments within their administration. However, the combination of the pivotal role the attorney general has over so many issues of concern for our community and Sen. Jeff Sessions’ egregious track record on those issues makes it impossible for us to support this nomination,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“On every single issue under the purview of the Justice Department—civil rights, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration most notably—he holds positions diametrically opposed to the Latino community, the civil rights community, and to the mainstream. In short, he has been a ‘bad hombre’ when it comes to protecting and expanding the civil rights of millions of people living in this country,” continued Murguía.

“Throughout his career, he has been a staunch opponent of progress for historically disenfranchised groups, whether it’s Blacks, Latinos, LGBT Americans, or women. He has been the Senate’s lead roadblock to sensible, bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. He was a leader in the opposition to the first Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He has been a proponent of voter suppression efforts under the guise of fighting nonexistent voter fraud. The list goes on and on,” noted Murguía.

“It is extremely disappointing, to say the least, that President-elect Trump, who just last week said he wanted to unite us and be the president for all Americans, has chosen someone who is at best indifferent, and at worst actively hostile to more than half the country, for such a key post. We urge the Senate to reject his nomination,” concluded Murguía.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.