U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee responded to President Obama’s speech on executive amnesty November 20th. He insisted that Congress use the power of the purse to deprive the President of funds to implement unlawful amnesty. On his website and further down this post is Senator Sessions’ description of the shocking dismantling of our immigration laws under President Obama as he caters to Open Borders revolutionaries to complete our fundamental transformation.
It’s a good time to repost this as Obama has not only implemented amnesty in advance of his January 5th Memorandum, he is building, without congressional approval, a mega-facility to process illegal immigrants, staffing it with over a thousand people, appropriating funds towards it, and doing all of this without congressional approval. He is also changing the law he just illegally changed as he goes along. There will be more than 6 million brought in under illegal amnesty.
Restating the fact that Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed, Sessions reminded us that the President is “providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs and work permits—allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.”
He accused the president of “endangering our entire Constitutional order” by “refusing to carry out the laws of the United States in order to make his own”.
The President’s plan will allow many illegals to “receive green cards and become legal permanent residents—meaning they can access almost all U.S. welfare programs, have lifetime work authorization, obtain citizenship, and sponsor foreign relatives to join them in the U.S.”
According to law enforcement it will unleash a “tidal wave” of new illegal immigration “flooding” American neighborhoods at “taxpayer’s expense.”
“The President’s plan also calls for boosting foreign worker programs for IT companies that experts tell us displace U.S. workers and keep wages low,” Sessions warned.
He concluded, “The President’s unconstitutional action is a direct threat to our Republican system of government and will have catastrophic consequences for the American people. It must be stopped. And the way to stop it is by using Congress’ power of the purse.”
“Congress has no higher duty than to protect the American people and our Constitution. The President’s action is a threat to every working person in this country—their jobs, wages, dreams, hopes and futures. For years, the American people have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves the nation and makes us proud—but the politicians have refused, refused, refused.”
Providing background, Sessions said the U.S. provides green cards now to an additional 1 million permanent residents each year who will eventually become citizens in addition to 700,000 temporary guest workers and 200,000 relatives of the guest workers.
In 2000, the US issued nearly 30 million visas to permanent immigrants or temporary guest workers.
The total number of immigrants in the U.S. now stands at 41.3 million according to Pew Research.
“According to Harvard labor economist Dr. George Borjas, high immigration rates during the last two decades of the 20th century reduced wages for lower-skilled U.S. workers by more than 7 percent,” Sessions said.
The President’s plan to unilaterally and massively expand the labor supply through illegal amnesty and expanded foreign worker programs would, of course, mean yet lower wages and higher unemployment (as CBO confirmed).
Click here to read Civil Rights Commission Member Peter Kirsanow’s letter to the President about how this executive amnesty would be disastrous for black workers in the United States.)
Finally, Sessions accuses Obama of engaging in a “sustained and calculated campaign to dismantle the immigration laws of the United States”.
As his own former ICE Director, John Sandweg explained: “if you’re a run-of-the-mill immigrant living here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.” ICE officers report that their agency caters to special interests and open borders activists, while they are ordered to ignore their oaths and the laws of the United States.
“President Obama”, Sessions said, “has plunged our immigration system into a state of lawless chaos. People merely show up at the border and are released into the United States. People overstay their visas without consequence. The asylum system is racked with fraud. Every month seemingly brings some new order further reducing the integrity of our immigration system.”
“In recent months President Obama unilaterally increased guest worker admissions by 100,000; removed restrictions on the admissions of foreign nationals with limited terror-ties; unilaterally expedited chain migration from Haiti; extended amnesty provisions for Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals; attempted to recruit illegal immigrants for military positions even as Americans servicemembers are being laid off; and released more than 100,000 illegal immigrants into the interior of the United States; and released last year 36,000 convicted criminal aliens back into American communities.”
“The effective policy of the United States now is that anyone in the world who illegally manages their way into the interior of the United States—whether by overstaying a visa or coming across the border—can remain and work in the United States.”
Senators Sessions, Cruz, and Lee appear to be the only Senators who care that we are losing our way of life, our jobs, our sovereignty, and our rights.