Sessions: Immigration Bill's Impact on Working Class Ignored by GOP 'Geniuses'
On Breitbart News Sunday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) blasted the "geniuses" in the GOP who still do not understand Republicans lost the presidency in 2012 because they did not fully earn the support of working class Americans.
Sessions said this fundamental misunderstanding of the electorate has allowed those in the Republican establishment to support an immigration bill they wrongly think will make them more electorally competitive with Democrats among minorities. He claims all it will do is undermine working class Americans whose support they need more than ever.
Sessions said liberal interest groups seized on the GOP's failure in the last election and convinced establishment Republicans that immigration reform will "alter the dynamics" and give them a better chance at winning over minorities, particularly Hispanics.
Sessions said it is disturbing that conservatives who speak out against the immigration bill are treated like the "skunk at the garden party."
He said the so-called Republican geniuses think they have "a political plan for the Republican party, and we are all supposed to be quiet and let it all happen."
"They are not geniuses," Sessions proclaimed.
Sessions said he did not know why there has not been more discussions about how the bill would impact working class Americans making $20,000-$45,000 a year; he suggested that was because establishment Republicans have met with "financial wizards" and some, though not all, libertarians want open borders.
He emphasized the immigration bill will not reduce illegal immigration. Instead, he said the bill will reward a full path to citizenship to those who may not deserve it and adversely impact the salaries of working Americans.
Sessions said if one had a choice, jobs and benefits should first go to unemployed Americans who are on welfare right now instead of someone who illegally entered the country 18 months ago.
"We owe our allegiance to the American worker," Sessions said, noting that any party that does otherwise "deserves to be held to account."
He said huge pieces of legislation like this that will permanently alter the country must have public discussions and a national understanding and acceptance before a vote.
"We are not there," Sessions said. "We need to be serving the American interest."
He said if the immigration bill passes before Americans fully know what is in the bill, there would be a lot of "anger."