In a New York Times interview on July 19, 2017, Donald Trump became enraged over Jeff Sessions recusal from an investigation into Trump's campaign and business ties to Russia. In Trump's words, "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else." In light of this, many of Sessions' supporters are questioning the President's motives, with some of Sessions' most ardent advocates being stringent champions of immigration control. Many are becoming more frustrated with the President, and attacking Jeff Sessions has made the straining relationship even more pressured.
Advocates for tougher immigration enforcement have been close with Jeff Sessions, who has been, at times, a lone immigration restrictionist in the Senate for many years. He has been viewed as giving this subset of the immigration debate a voice, and Trump's comments are greatly affecting their view on his policies. For example, Chris Cane, the director of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Union, states that he supports Sessions past and current issues. As he states, "There is no better friend to law enforcement than Jeff Sessions."
Many people recognize that without Sessions' voice in the White House, their harsh immigration ideals may be set to the side, even though Trump has expressed the desire for tighter immigration work. Rob Law, who is the lead of government affairs for the Federation of American Immigration Reform, which advocates for less legal immigration and tougher enforcement of immigration laws, says that Jeff Sessions has been "the intellectual leader on [the rule of law on immigration enforcement] for a long time.” Undermining Sessions in any way would find more people siding with Sessions, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, instead of Trump.
OUR VERDICT: Although this is mostly a reactionary sidebar from the actions occuring on July 19, it does show how much support immigration hardliners have for not only the President, but Jeff Sessions as well. This further shows the chaos this White House is in, and without Sessions to guide Trump through immigration ideas that both men share, it chould be more difficult for Trump to gain support for certain immigration policies.