Sessions' comments prompted backlash from Hawaii's Democratic senators and representatives in Congress. Sessions' undermining of Judge Derrick Kahala Watson is a unsafe attempt to skew that much-needed balance of power.
"We're going to get paid for it one way or the other", said Sessions during an interview on ABC's "This Week". "But I got to tell you, it's a point worth making that a single sitting judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, created to protect the United States of America from terrorist attacks".
The controversy over Sessions' description of Hawaii erupted on Tuesday.
"The suggestion that being from Hawaii somehow disqualifies Judge Watson from performing his Constitutional duty is unsafe, ignorant, and prejudiced", Hirono said in a statement Thursday.More news: Nokia is going to increase the prices for upcoming Nokia 3310
"There's no problem with getting this done, and it's going to save a huge amount of money because we're going to see this rapid decline in the number of people that come into our country illegally, housing, deportation cost, all kinds of costs will be reduced when we reduce that flow".
According to the Associated Press, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior clarified Sessions' statements in an email, saying the attorney general was questioning one judge's ability to block the president's executive order for the travel ban.
Jeff Sessions told a room full of attorneys in Washington, DC Monday that just because he and the Department of Justice have promised to crack down on illegal immigration, that doesn't mean they won't also prioritize cleaning up white collar crime.
People, especially those from Hawaii, were not amused.More news: Pagegroup PLC (MPI) Upgraded to Buy at Kepler Capital Markets
"In 2006, 64 Democrats approved a bill to build a fence, a barrier", Fox's Brian Kilmeade said, referring to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
"Why not just call it the state of Hawaii?"
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, another high-profile Democrat, wrote that she was "amazed [Sessions] doesn't know Hawaii is a state" and added: "Another reason Sessions should step down".
"The president told me to do two things", Kelly said.More news: After Jakarta loss, some reprieve for Ahok during blasphemy trial