By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, November 4 American citizens will go to the polls to elect a new Congress. Under the U.S. Constitution the Congress sets immigration and naturalization policy. Not anymore they don’t. The ‘Wall Street Journal’ is reporting that President Barack H. Obama intends to implement a plan to unilaterally set immigration policy and give legal residency and work permits to millions of illegal aliens and expand foreign worker programs.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama) responded on Thursday to that ‘Wall Street Journal’ report.
Sen. Sessions said in a statement, “The Wall Street Journal confirmed today that the President is planning to issue a massive unilateral executive amnesty after the election. In its report, the WSJ certifies that this executive amnesty would provide work permits for illegal immigrants—taking jobs directly from struggling Americans.”
Sen. Sessions warned, “Based on the USCIS contract bid and statements from USCIS employees, we know this executive immigration order is likely to be broader in scope than anyone has imagined.”
The conservative Alabama Senator continued, “Earlier this week, President Obama’s former head of Homeland Security revealed that she overrode resistance from administration lawyers and law enforcement agents in implementing the President’s earlier unlawful amnesty and work authorization program for illegal immigrants 30 and under. This was an open admission by one of the most senior people in government of violating one’s oath of office in order to accomplish a nakedly political aim.”
Sessions said, “The President is assuming for himself the sole and absolute power to decide who can enter, work, live, and claim benefits in the United States. He has exempted virtually every group in the world from America’s immigration laws: people who enter before a certain age, people related to people who enter before a certain age, adults traveling with minors, minors traveling with adults, illegal immigrants who are not convicted of serious crimes, illegal immigrants who are convicted of serious crimes but not enough serious crimes, almost anyone who shows up the border and demands asylum, the millions who overstay their visas, and, as was recently exposed, illegal immigrants with serious criminal histories. On and on it goes.”
Sen. Sessions said, “A nation creates borders and laws to protect its own citizens. What about their needs? The President is systemically stripping away the immigration protections to which every single American worker and their family is entitled. He doesn’t care how this impacts Americans’ jobs, wages, schools, tax bills, hospitals, police departments, or communities.”
Sen. Sessions continued, “But it gets worse still. The WSJ reports that the President is ‘expected to benefit businesses that use large numbers of legal immigrants, such as technology companies.’ Those changes include measures to massively expand the number of foreign workers for IT companies—measures aggressively lobbied for by IT giants like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Yet we have more than 11 million Americans with STEM degrees who don’t have jobs in these fields. Rutgers professor Hal Salzman documented that two-thirds of all new IT jobs are being filled by foreign workers. From 2000 through today, a period of record legal immigration, all net gains in employment among the working-age have gone entirely to immigrant workers.”
Sen. Sessions concluded, “And now, in order to help open borders billionaires, President Obama is going to deny millions of Americans their shot at entering the middle class and a better life. The world has turned upside down. Instead of serving the interests of the American people, the policies of President Obama and every Senate Democrat serve the needs of special interests and global CEOs who fail to understand the duty a nation owes to its own people. But the citizens of this country still hold the power, and through their voice, they can turn the country right-side again.”
Critics claim that President Obama is acting unilaterally in defiance of Congress, in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, in defiance of polls that say that the American people overwhelmingly oppose executive amnesty. The President and his advisors know however that immigrants and first generation immigrants are much more likely to vote for Democrats than people whose grandparents were born here.
The United States has the highest percentage of residents who were born in other countries than it has in any other time in our history……and the President seeks to increase the rate of immigration into this country, even though his immigration reform plan failed to receive approval from the U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was first elected in 1996. The voters in Alabama go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th to re-elect Sessions to a fourth term. The popular Sen. Sessions has no Democratic opponent. Sen. Sessions is the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.