Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on the Confirmation Hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions to Serve as the next U.S. Attorney General

January 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY13) issued the following statement from the U.S. House Floor to discuss his opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to become the next U.S. Attorney General. 


Below are Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s remarks as prepared for delivery:


In Opposition to the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

January 10, 2017


“Mr./Mrs. Speaker, I rise today to voice my strong opposition to the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.


“In a 2006 speech, then Senator Sessions wrongly misstated, and I quote, ‘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.’”


“When I was nine years old, I immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic without papers, and now I am a Member of Congress. Mr. Sessions: have I not succeeded in our society?


“On behalf of millions of Dominicans Americans, and notable Americans such as Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, and Baseball Giant “Big Papi,” I stand here on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as a proud Dominican, I say to Mr. Sessions: You are wrong. Wrong in thinking and wrong for our country.


“I urge my colleagues to join me in opposing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Hateful speech and racist rhetoric have no place in American society.


“Thank you.” 

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