The White House is considering a plan to relocate thousands of illegal immigrant children to the home state of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, causing some to question whether presidential politics is at play.
Sessions has for years has led the opposition to immigration policies supported by President Barack Obama. The plan would send the children to Baldwin County, across the bay from Sessions’ home in Mobile County.
Sessions has also emerged among Donald Trump’s fiercest supporters and was the first senator to endorse the GOP presidential nominee. Trump’s hardline immigration approach – which includes deportation of all undocumented immigrants and a wall built along the U.S.-Mexican border — has been embraced by Sessions.
“It’s highly probable that this is more political than practical,” said Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott.
Said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack: “I hope that is not the case. The polls I’ve seen is Alabama is very conservative on the immigration issue. The federal government is not.”
Sessions has been quiet on the administration’s proposal to investigate the capability of two rural and underutilized Naval air fields near Silverhill and Orange Beach to house an overflow of unaccompanied children under age 17 who entered the United States without authorization.