Referencing immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out strongly against the idea of states' rights. He inferred that the states have no recourse but to submit to federal law.
"There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is "the supreme law of the land." I would invite any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln," Jeff Sessions said during a recent gathering with the California Peace Officers' Association.
However, Sessions' words are at sharp odds with the Founding Fathers themselves, who created the United States of America in an attempt to chain down centralized power. In response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson set the record straight regarding federal supremacy in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in the early days of the Republic.
On the issue of nullification, Jefferson wrote in 1799: "That the several states who formed [the Constitution], being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and, That a nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under color of that instrument, is the rightful remedy."