Sen. Sessions: Amnesty Legislation 'Corrosive' to House
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said on Thursday that it would be "corrosive" to the House of Representatives if Republicans joined with Democrats to ram through amnesty legislation.
Appearing on Bill Bennett's radio show, Sessions said there are too many rumors concerning the House GOP leadership's desire to pass amnesty legislation this spring or summer to ignore.
"Some people want a few Republicans want to join the Democratic minority in the House to make a majority," Sessions said. "It would be so bad and so corrosive of confidence in the House... Hopefully it won't happen."
Sessions said so far the House "has stood firm" and "defended the American people" by refusing to take up the amnesty bill, but he noted that the alliance between liberals who want "to have Democrat control in perpetuity" and big business groups that want cheap labor is "pretty dangerous."
He mentioned that though there was significant opposition to the Senate's "unacceptable amnesty bill... it got through with a solid vote."
"We definitely have to take it seriously and be worried about [amnesty legislation]," Sessions said.
Sessions, who has attacked the notion that Obama is the "deporter in chief," also noted that the border is not secured and there is a "total collapse of enforcement in this administration."
"The fundamental problem is this administration's refusal to enforce plain law," Sessions said, before mentioning that any law that is passed that weakens enforcement or provides amnesty is an "unhealthy development."
Sessions, the Ranking Member of the Budget Committee who, along with 21 other senators, sent a scathing letter to Obama denouncing him for threatening the "entire constitutional system" by nullifying the country's immigration laws, said "stability and lawfulness in our system" must be restored first. He said amnesty legislation would also be a "big mistake" because there are no guarantees that Obama will enforce any of the nation's immigration laws.
That was the same argument the GOP leadership made after momentum for amnesty legislation stalled when Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the House GOP leadership's "immigration principles" as amnesty.
But even though the Obama administration has ordered an "administrative review" of the nation's immigration laws to relax deportations, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who said he was "hellbent" on getting amnesty legislation through, mocked amnesty opponents in Congress. And Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP Conference Chair, said she hoped to get amnesty legislation on the House floor by August. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who co-wrote the Senate's bill, said he believed legislation could pass by "June or July."
Sessions said he was not against immigration but wants a system where it is "done lawfully and serves the national interests." He said the massive amnesty bill the Senate passed, which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, did nothing to help American workers struggling in today's economy.
"We shouldn't be bringing in so many foreign workers that pulls down wages of American workers and puts them on the unemployment line," Sessions said while pointing out that the country has a "surplus of labor because wages are going down."
Sessions also cited Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who has repeatedly emphasized the harmful nature of amnesty legislation on minorities, particularly black workers, to note that amnesty legislation and importing more foreign workers will only hurt blacks, Hispanics, and poor Americans "who are beginning to move up the ladder of success."
Sessions added that the "idea that we need to import millions of persons to do lower skilled work is not accurate" before blasting Attorney General Eric Holder's belief that illegal immigrants have a civil right to amnesty and Vice President Joe Biden's view that illegal immigrants are already American citizens.
"Gimme a break" Sessions said.
Sessions said the Senate's amnesty bill would, in effect, admit 30 million more immigrants lawfully, "which is more than the economy can absorb" and will make it tougher for American workers to get jobs at decent wages.
"We gotta be careful," he said, while urging listeners to find out where their Representatives stand on the issue. "We have a responsibility to American citizens first."