By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
New York City businessman, and Presidential Republican nomination frontrunner, Donald Trump just released his comprehensive immigration plan, which was written with consultation from US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).
Sen. Sessions said, “This is exactly the plan America needs. Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize. Most importantly, this plan reestablishes the principle that American’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens. For too long, ‘immigration reform’ plans in Washington have served the special interests at the expense of working Americans. By contrast, this plan puts the needs of working Americans foremost, and develops an effective strategy for improving their wages and job prospects. Crucially, this plan includes an emphasis on lifting struggling minority communities, including our immigrant communities, out of poverty — by preventing corporations from bringing in new workers from overseas to replace them and drive down wages. When the labor market is oversupplied, it tilts the balance of power away from workers and towards employers. In combination with a smart, fair trade policy this proposal would reinvigorate the middle class.”
Trump wrote, “Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers. This will help reverse women’s plummeting workplace participation rate, grow wages, and allow record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages.”
The three core principles of Donald J. Trump’s immigration plan are:
1.) A nation without borders is not a nation (there must be a wall built across the southern border).
2. ) A nation without laws is not a nation (our laws need to be enforced).
3.) A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
Trump wrote that, “When politicians talk about ‘immigration reform’ they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties. Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors.”
Trump also opposes the policy of “anchor babies,” where a child gets citizenship in the United States regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. Trump told reporters in Iowa: “They have to go. What they’re doing, they’re having a baby, and then, all of a sudden, nobody knows … the baby’s here.”
To read more about the Trump immigration plan click here to visit his website.
Trump has been consistently polling between 23 and 28 percent among likely Republican Primary voters: 11 to 12 percent above his closest rival.
Senator Jeff Sessions has been an outspoken critic of President Barack H. Obama’s (D) immigration policies.
Sessions said recently, “There is no delicate balancing act here: we need to remove potentially violent offenders before they hurt innocent families—before the irreversible occurs. Foreign nationals cycling in and out of prisons and jails are by definition a high-risk population. Releasing “low-level” criminal aliens from jails ensures only one thing: more opportunities for innocent Americans to get hurt—and more mothers burying more children. Yet mayors, governors, and Presidents continue bowing to special interests, allowing thousands of criminal alien offenders to walk free. In the last two years alone, the Administration has released 76,000 criminal aliens with convictions back into US communities.”
Sen. Sessions said in a statement, “It’s time for us to stand up for the American worker, for a change. One thing you didn’t hear last night in the President’s remarks was any concern about recent immigrants’ salaries; American workers’ difficulties finding a job, [or] the steady decline in wages that have occurred in this country…”
Sen. Sessions said, “A nation owes things to its people. It owes responsibility and fidelity to their interests. And the average working truck driver is worth just as much as Mr. Zuckerberg. Just as much as the Wall Street ‘Masters of the Universe.’ Who’s representing them? Mr. Gates demands action from President Obama… The same week Microsoft laid off 18,000 workers… If you want to be able to lead the American people, you should serve their interests.”
Sen. Sessions continued, “President Obama’s immigration orders will give work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants—allowing them to take jobs from Americans in every occupation—while substantially boosting the supply of new foreign labor for IT corporations, despite a surplus of 11 million Americans with STEM degrees but no STEM jobs. Obama’s immigration orders expanding record immigration rates will cause enormous harm to the middle class and their wages—all to help the special interests whose legislation was defeated by Congress.”
The popular Sen. Sessions was reelected last year without an opponent; Republican or Democrat. Sessions has often clashed even with Senate Republicans over immigration policy.