Key Hispanic lawmaker says Sessions will 'erase 50 years of progress'

Key Hispanic lawmaker says Sessions will 'erase 50 years of progress'
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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) on Friday slammed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's choice of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein faces Trump showdown Solicitor general could take over Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits 13 states accepted Sessions invitation to meeting on social media bias: report MORE (R-Ala.) as attorney general.

Gutiérrez, a member of the Judiciary Committee and co-chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement that Sessions would "erase 50 years of progress."
 
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“If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man," Gutiérrez said in a statement.
 
"No senator has fought harder against the hopes and aspirations of Latinos, immigrants, and people of color than Sen. Sessions," he said
 
The lawmaker also raised confirmation hearings from the 1980s in which Senate's nomination to a U.S. District court post was rejected.
 
"He is a staunch opponent of legal immigration and someone who has blocked every effort to improve, modernize, and humanize our immigration system, which is two or three decades out-of-date," he said.
 
"He ran for the Senate because he was deemed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as too racist to serve as a federal judge. He is the kind of person who will set back law enforcement, civil rights, the courts, and increase America’s mass incarceration industry and erase 50 years of progress,” Gutiérrez said.
 
President Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions to a judicial post but withdrew it amid a series of controversies surrounding Sessions, including testimony that he had referred to the American Civil Liberties Union as "un-American."