Update, January 4, as of 3:18 pm:

Even though most of the focus in the discussions about the policies of the upcoming Trump administration in general, and of his Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions in particular, has been on measures that might be proposed with respect to illegal immigration, some of the proposals that Sessions has made in the recent past would have a devastating effect on legal immigration as well.

According to one report, Sessions, who was one of Trump's biggest supporters in Congress right from the beginning of his campaign, has sponsored a bill which would make H-1B so restrictive as to be virtually unobtainable for all but a very few foreign workers, and which would put virtually every H-1B employer in fear of being targeted for investigation or possible prosecution.

Sessions has also advocated eliminating the optional practical training (OPT) program completely for F-1 students. If these proposal are adopted, we can be sure that there will be far fewer skilled, educated foreign workers in the United States in the Trump era than there are now. See:


My original post appears below:

In a major development which highlights the importance of immigration policy in the battle to promote equal justice under the law, both for immigrants and American citizens, the Washington Post reports on January 3 that more than 1,100 law professors, from 170 law schools in every one of the 49 states in the union that has a law school (only Alaska does not), have sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing President-Elect Trump's nomination on Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), to be America's next Attorney General.

The signers include some of the most prominent legal scholars in America, including Lawrence Tribe of Harvard Law School among others. While Sessions' support for a wall with Mexico and his consistent support of anti-immigration measures are not the only reasons for their opposition to his nomination, in the words of one of the signers, University of California Berkeley, law professor Ty Alper, they are among the factors that "have struck a nerve" with the letter's signers.


The full Washington Post story, including a link to the full text of the letter, is available at


The letter, among many other issues, states:

"Some of us have concerns about his support for building a wall along our country's southern border..."

The letter also refers to the Attorney General's "broad jurisdiction and prosecutorial discretion" over immigration, as well as closely related areas such as civil rights and voting rights.

If Sessions, who has one of the longest and most consistent records of anyone in Congress of voting and advocating against measures that would benefit legal immigrants, as well as those who are in the country without lawful status, becomes Attorney General, he will have the power, not only to launch nationwide police state type prosecutions against immigrants under the many criminal statutes that are already on the books regarding immigration, but also to prosecute US citizen immigration advocates who "harbor" or "assist" unauthorized immigrants under the extremely broad statute: 8 USC Section 274.

Sessions' record of opposition, not only to immigration, but to civil rights in general, should be of profound concern to everyone in America who, in the words of the law professors' letter, is:

"convinced that Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation's laws and promote justice and equality in the United States."

For more on the influence that Sessions' anti-immigrant positions are having on Trump's transition team and are likely to have in his administration, see


This same Mother Jones article also includes a direct link to Sessions' own 23-page handbook:

Immigration Primer for the 114th Congress

which sets forth his opposition to both legal and illegal immigration in full detail.

A comprehensive analysis of Sessions' immigration positions as set forth in this handbook will appear in my forthcoming Immigration Daily comments.

Also, in a late breaking development showing that not only immigrants, but also Americans, are at risk of losing their basic rights in an era of repression under Jeff Sessions as AG in the coming Donald Trump administration, Huffington Post reports on January 3 that several NAACP leaders have been arrested in a protest over Sessions' nomination.


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law