Sessions: Erroneous tax credits to 'mostly Mexicans' could pay for wall

Posted April 25, 2017

The comment drew considerable outrage, with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono calling Sessions' stance "dog whistle politics" and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz pointing out that Sessions "voted for that judge [and] that island is called Oahu".

Sessions' comments were referring to the Hawaii judge who issued a nationwide restraining order on President Trump's revised executive order that calls for suspending the entire refugee program for 120 days and halting immigration from six countries in the Middle East and Africa for 90 days. Story Continued Below "We're going to get paid for it one way or the other", Sessions said of the wall.

Sessions went on to defend Trump's travel ban, without returning to the Hawaii issue.

Speaking to CNN, Sessions added: "I think it's a fabulous place and had a granddaughter born there".

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Speaking to ABC's This Week Sunday, the 70-year-old former Alabama senator - recognized as one of the most aggressively anti-immigrant figures in Trump's cabinet - seemed to suggest that a potential source of funding could be found in tax credits given to taxpayers who don't qualify.

"The suggestion that being from Hawaii somehow disqualifies Judge Watson from performing his Constitutional duty is unsafe, ignorant, and prejudiced", Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions prepares to speak before a meeting of the Attorney General's Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Committee on April. 18.

People, especially those from Hawaii, were not amused.

On Friday, the justice department attempted to clarify Sessions' remarks, saying in a statement: "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific".

"The president told me to do two things", Kelly said.