Law Enforcement Groups Claim Immigration Bill Guts Future Enforcement (Video)
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the staunchest opponents of the Gang of Eight Immigration Reform bill, took to the Senate floor today to voice his opposition.
He presented a letter signed by seventy-five NC sheriffs to the US Senate announcing their opposition to the bill because it will "endanger public safety."
"This flawed immigration bill.... puts the public safety of citizens across the United States at risk, and hampers the ability of law enforcement officers to do their jobs," they said.
Sessions also read parts of a letter from the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, National Citizenship and Immigration (CIS) Council, Kenneth Palinkas, who wrote: "there has been much public concern that the legalization occurs prior to any border enforcement. Indeed, from what I understand, every amendment offered in committee that made legalization contingent on achieving border security first, was defeated. History tells us that future promises will not be kept, border agents will be left high and dry by the executive branch as they have so many times before, regardless of who writes the plan."
The letter went on to ask, “why should the Senate pass a bill that makes it even more difficult for USCIS officers to identify, remove, and keep out public safety threats?”
Sessions continued, “I have talked to these officers. They asked to be a participant with the Gang of Eight in writing this [legislation]. And they were refused. They asked repeatedly. They warned that this would not work. [The Gang of Eight] never wanted to hear from the people who enforce the law every day. They wanted to hear from the amnesty crowd and that’s who they met with."