Attorney General Jeff Sessions just dropped a bomb on Barack Obama when he rescinded a letter issued by the former president that deals with how local courts penalize defendants.
Western Journalism reported that Sessions repealed an Obama-era Justice Department letter that called on chief judges and court administrators in every state to refrain from giving poor defendants expensive fees and fines. In doing so, Sessions argued that the letter was an act of federal overreach.
Sessions explained he was doing away with “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page.”
“Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it,” Sessions stated. “This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.”
Sent in March of last year, the Obama administration’s letter was meant to curb law enforcement from issuing fines to citizens as a means of generating revenue. The letter, which was sent to court administrators and chief judges in every state, noted that illegal collection of fees and fines had been receiving a lot of attention, and that the Justice Department had a “strong interest” in ensuring citizens’ rights were protected.
Since becoming attorney general, Sessions has revoked over two dozen Justice Department guidance documents dating back to the 1990s. The documents he has rescinded range from the Americans With Disabilities Act to ATF procedures. He has also restored the use of private prisons and has changed the Justice Department’s legal stances on issues regarding voting rights and LGBT people, placing him at odds with his immediate predecessors in the Obama administration.
In addition, Sessions has taken a strong stand against illegal immigration.
“The president is exactly correct about the changes we need to our immigration system,” Sessions stated earlier this month. “We have now seen two terrorist attacks in New York City in less than two months that were carried out by people who came here as the result of our failed immigration policies that do not serve the national interest-the diversity lottery and chain migration.”
“The 20-year-old son of the sister of a U.S. citizen should not get priority to come to this country ahead of someone who is high-skilled, well educated, has learned English, and is likely to assimilate and flourish here,” he added.