By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
For months, moderate Republicans have been working with the Speaker of the House John Boehner and recently deposed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, to write a compromise immigration reform plan that might have a chance of passing the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives. In a busy week for even Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama, the Alabama Republican announced that he opposes the Boehner plan and will fight any attempt by the Obama administration to ram a massive amnesty of millions of illegal aliens through solely by Executive Order.
Senator Sessions said on Obama’s threats, “We now know that we are facing an exceedingly grave threat of an unbelievable expansion of his unilateral executive orders of amnesty that go beyond anything we have ever seen in this country and threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability to even have borders it seems to me. The American people when they find out what is being discussed will not allow it to happen in my opinion.”
Sen. Sessions said, “His plan for amnesty under circumstances he advocated has been rejected. Congress is always available to consider any issue and make any decision it chooses but it has under the circumstances driven in this body it has been rejected. Let me just say right now: This President is not going to get away with a unilateral amnesty. We are going to take this to the American people and at some point this Congress will be held to account. If he does so every member is going to have to vote and to be responsible for allowing a President to run roughshod over the laws of this country and the people’s representatives and in effect, the people of the United States. He has no power to go forward and beyond that we are not going to allow it to happen. It is wrong.”
Sen. Sessions made the following comments on the border plan released by the House Working Group:
“Granting the President new funds without tackling these [threatened executive action] orders would be an institutional surrender to the planned illegality… the House working group did not mention President Obama even once in their released findings…they made no mention of the President’s threat of sweeping new executive actions. Multiple reports indicate that these imminent actions are likely to take the form of administrative amnesty and work permits for 5-6 million illegal immigrants. Any attempt at improving the border situation would be rendered utterly void if the President follows through on his dramatic nullification acts.”
Sen. Sessions said on his opposition to the House Working Group plan, “It is curious that the proposal makes no mention of the needs of Americans. Yes, this is a humanitarian crisis. But it is also a legal crisis. And so too is it a crisis for the American people who have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, protects their jobs, and increases their wages. Republicans should not be timid or apologetic, but present a bold defense of the American people. The House GOP has so far been the last bulwark protecting working Americans; it would be tragic for that defense to buckle in the closing days of this Congress.”
Rep. Boehner may use his powers as the Speaker of the House to bring his controversial package to the floor of the House in coming weeks before the House breaks for summer recess. President Obama has threatened to unilaterally give millions of illegal aliens amnesty (legal status) in this country if the House does not pass an immigration reform bill before it breaks for recess.
Supporters of the President’s plan including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and billionaire investors: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett claim that America needs more immigrants to do the jobs that Americans won’t do and to grow the economy by increasing the population.
Critics of the Obama administration claims that the President’s plan to flood the country with up to 30 million additional legal immigrants over the next ten years is just a cynical attempt to improve the Democratic Party’s electoral performance as polling suggests that the Democratic Party performs better with immigrant voters and first generation Americans than they do with Americans who’s grandparents were born here. While America has a history of welcoming immigrants far more Americans today were born in other countries than was the case just a few decades ago.
Critics of the House Working Group plan are calling it “Obama Lite” while some pro-immigrant groups claim that it has too much border security in it.
Meanwhile there are reports that Alabama has been targeted by the administration as a destination point for juvenile illegal aliens that the border patrol collects on the southern border. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office is reporting that Montgomery’s Maxwell Air Force Base will possibly be the site for a new detention center run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Since Maxwell is an Air Force base the illegal aliens (all of them under 16 and most from Central America) will be flown directly in to prevent protestors from being able to stop buses like they did in Murietta, California.
Senator Jeff Sessions is seeking a fourth term in the United States Senate, but the very popular Sen. Sessions has no Republican or Democratic opponent.
An Independent is seeking ballot access.