Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) expressed outrage Tuesday at the recent Obama administration refugee program that allows certain illegal immigrants granted amnesty to bring their children living abroad to the United States.
“Helping illegal immigrants bring their relatives here as refugees only provides further incentive for illegal immigration,” Sessions said Tuesday. “More broadly, we must be taking steps to curb the flow of unskilled labor and help families already living here—whether past immigrants or U.S.-born—find good jobs, good schools, and thriving communities.”
Sessions, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, was reacting to news that the Obama administration’s new Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program allows illegal immigrants granted amnesty to transport their Central American children to the U.S.
The program was created as a way to bring minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to their parents living legally in the United States.
“One of the President’s most shocking unilateral actions is his chain migration program for the relatives of illegal immigrants,” Sessions explained.
The Obama administration started the program after the the southern border experienced a surge of illegal immigration by unaccompanied minors from Central America last year.
“In effect, the President’s answer to the ongoing run on the border is to order government officials to transport many of those same individuals from Central America into the U.S. with lawful paperwork and guaranteed access to federal benefits,” the Alabama senator said.
“This government-ordered amnesty chain migration will impose enormous costs on federal taxpayers and jobseekers, as those who arrive as refugees will be able to receive automatic federal benefits,” he added. “We must be taking action to reduce the incentive to enter the country illegally.”