WASHINGTON ― During Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Donald Trump’s attorney general pick, all eyes were on the nominee’s granddaughter. But one reason that Sessions’ Asian granddaughter was in the spotlight was because her grandfather has expressed admiration for racist immigration policies ― specifically those that targeted Asians. The Atlantic noted on Tuesday that the senator had once favorably cited a 1924 law that barred Asian immigration entirely. Sessions was referencing the Immigration Act of 1924, also known as the Johnson-Reed Act, which doled out visas on a strict quota system. Once the 1924 law was enacted, Japanese people were prevented from immigrating as well.
Source: Huffington Post January 12, 2017 00:22 UTC