By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, July 29, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama addressed the Senate regarding the House leader’s border supplemental package.
Sen. Sessions said, “The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens.”
Sen. Sessions continued, “Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty. That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.”
Sen. Sessions said, “After years of falling wages and rising joblessness, American workers are pleading for someone to hear them. How can it be that our President is brazenly advertising that he will nullify and strip away American workers’ immigration protections, and their own elected leaders will not rise to their defense? Or to the defense of our laws and our Constitutional order?”
Sen. Sessions said, “There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal. Nor will this package make our rogue President actively enforce anything, coming nowhere close to the kinds of reasonable enforcement activities needed to restore the interior application of our immigration laws. And finally, a package that is silent on blocking executive amnesty creates an opportunity for Senate Democrats to add elements of their party’s open borders and mass immigration agenda. This legislation is unworthy of support.”
The Alabama Republican Party is supporting the effort by Sen. Sessions to mobilize concerned voters against President Obama’s alleged overreach on immigration.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said in a written statement, “Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions took to the floor of the United States Senate to defend American rights. Senator Sessions gave a passionate appeal to his fellow congressmen to stand up against President Obama’s ‘lawless’ actions, and sponsor legislation that will block him” from signing yet another Executive order. President Obama plans to legalize 5 to 6 million immigrants through nothing more than the stroke of his pen. Americans must fight! Our nation is not free if our leader makes decisions like a dictator.”
Chairman Armistead continued, “Senator Jeff Sessions and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have called on Americans to flood Capitol Hill with calls and messages in opposition of President Obama’s blanket amnesty plan. Call your representatives and ask them where they stand! Will they support legislation to block Obama? The leaders of this country were elected by YOU! Let your voice be heard and #MakeThemListen.”
Senator Jeff Sessions is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.