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Sessions Skeptical of Amnesty

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) from New York presented their plan to provide American citizenship as many as 11 million illegal aliens currently living inside the United States.  Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) was immediately skeptical of the plan.

Senator Sessions said, “We would be in a much better position to achieve immigration reform if the Obama Administration had spent that last four years enforcing federal law rather than dismantling it. Brave immigration agents have been left with no recourse but to sue their own Department head, simply so that they—like any other law officers—will be allowed to do their jobs…The first task for every media agency in the country ought to be to study this lawsuit, to listen to the long-documented complaints of ICE agents, and to review the record of stymied attempts at congressional oversight of DHS…”

Sen. Sessions said, “Americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration. They have pleaded with Congress to end the mass illegality for decades to little avail. All the while, millions have been added to the total of those illegally here.”

Sen. Sessions said, “What good are promises of future enforcement when the Administration covertly undermines those laws now in place?”  “Without consulting the law officers who have the duty to enforce the law, another group of senators, meeting in secret—just like the last time comprehensive reform failed—have set forth an outline with no legislative language. We have seen too often before that the promises made by bill sponsors do not match up to the reality when the language is produced. No secret accord with profound consequences for this nation’s future can be rushed through. That means a full committee process and debate and amendments on the floor of the Senate.”

President Barack H. Obama won 71% of the Hispanic vote in the November 6th election.  The President made immigration a major part of his reelection campaign when he ordered deportation process’s halted on hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens and allowed them to apply for work visas through executive order…… open defiance of existing federal law.  The President’s support of “the Dreamers” as they were called in the popular press helped vault Obama to unprecedented levels of Hispanic support and ultimately his reelection.

Senator Jeff Sessions is the ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and is the former Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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