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Date: 2017-01-09 15:14:23 By: Luis Madrid Via: AP

Democrats will challenge republican Jeff Sessions on immigration, civil rights

Senate Democrats will challenge President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general over his hard-line stand on immigration and civil rights

Jeff Sessions will be challenged by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats will challenge President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general over his hard-line stand on immigration, past record on civil rights and his support for community policing (photo: AP)

Senate Democrats will challenge President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general over his hard-line stand on immigration, past record on civil rights and his support for community policing when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is known as one of the most conservative members of the Senate.

Democrats don't have the power to block Sessions' nomination since Republicans control the Senate and only need a simple majority to confirm the four-term senator. However, they can use the two days of confirmation hearings beginning Tuesday to cast Sessions as out of the mainstream on issues critical to the party's core voters — Hispanics, African Americans and women — ahead of the 2018 election cycle.

 

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