Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Friday the Senate’s immigration bill will “hammer working Americans.” Sessions has been a vocal opponent to the immigration reform bill, stating that the bill gives preferential treatment to foreign-born workers over US job seekers.
“This is far, far too many low-skilled workers that are going to take jobs and pull down wages of people unemployed and underemployed right now,” Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Fox Business. “It’s really, really dangerous.”
The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan 13-5 vote and will head to the entire chamber to Senate approval. Sen. Bob Menendez said on Friday the bill does not yet have 60 votes.
Sessions pointed out that the union for the officers that guard the border opposed the immigration bill. He went on to say, “We all believe that we need to make this legal system of immigration better. This bill just does not do it, and it can’t pass in this form.”