Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said most Dominicans gain entry to the country through sham marriages and falsified family documents in a 2006 speech.
Dominican-American pols denounced Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Sunday for his comments dismissing Dominican immigrants as contributing nothing to American society.
The Alabama Republican, who Trump tapped Friday for the nation’s highest law enforcement post, once said in a speech on the Senate floor that "almost no one" coming from the Dominican Republic has beneficial skills.
"It’s offensive," said City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who said Sessions should face pointed questions about the snub as well as other controversial racial remarks from his past before lawmakers confirm him.
"Whoever is going to be the Attorney General has to be someone who respects and is fair and is neutral to all groups."
In the 2006 speech on the Senate floor, Sessions charged most Dominicans gain entry to the country through sham marriages and falsified family documents.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), left, said the Attorney General has to “be someone who respects and is fair and is neutral to all groups.”
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“Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society," he said.
At the Washington Heights press conference Sunday, Assemblywoman-elect Carmen De La Rosa said the comments show ignorance of the Dominican community’s many accomplishments.
"We have members in our community who are prestigious doctors, who are professors, who are lawyers, who are…public servants just like Mr. Sessions," she said.
"This type of attitude is not going to be tolerated," she said. "It’s just un-American to have those type of expressions for any immigrant group."