Sessions is set to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, according to the sources – giving the conservative a key platform to advance his immigration policies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a new member of the Judiciary Committee, is going to be the panel’s vice chair, the sources said...Obviously, this gives the man we like to call "America's Senator" a stronger platform to push for border security. However, this may also provide a slight ray of hope for the anti-Amnesty legislation passed by the House which the Senate will be taking up next month. If the Republican Senate is going to vote it down, they are going to have to do it with Senator Sessions shining an even brighter spotlight on it. Certainly, Sessions will bring more passion and credibility to the job than Cornyn.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) had been the top Republican on the subcommittee when Democrats controlled the Senate. He’s set to take over the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. The subcommittee chairman under Democrats was New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
[Jeff Sessions to take over Senate panel overseeing immigration, by Seung Min Kim, Politico, January 21, 2015]