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Editorial: Jeff Sessions has misplaced his soul

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Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is sworn in to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Jeff Sessions’ world view is a stark canvas of evil vs. good that allows no wiggle room, no gray area, nothing but grimness. He sees people not as people, not as humans worth protecting and families worth keeping intact, but as data points and potential criminals. He is the U.S. attorney general, an Alabamian named after Confederate heroes, and he is embarrassing this great nation.

His decision this week to alter U.S. policy for asylum eligibility stains America. We are not, and must not be, a nation that turns away immigrant women and children battered by abusive husbands and fathers, or by immigrants fleeing rampant gang violence seen in other lands. Our flag and national morals stand against such behavior. Yet, Sessions now says victims of domestic and gang abuse will not qualify for asylum under federal law.